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Northville High Student Diagnosed with TB

Wayne County Health Department suggests students get tested for the contagious disease.

A student at has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, school officials announced Monday in a note home to parents.

Superintendent Mary K. Gallagher and Principal Robert E. Watson wrote that they were alerting the community because it is a public safety issue. The student was diagonosed during spring break.

The letter stated:  Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB bacteria are released into the air when someone who is ill with Tuberculosis coughs or sneezes. People nearby may breathe in the bacteria and become infected.  Individuals who did not have a prolonged contact with the sick person in a confined area have a low likelihood of becoming infected with Tuberculosis.   Note that individuals cannot get Tuberculosis from someone’s clothes, drinking glass, eating utensils, handshake, toilet, or other surfaces where a TB patient has been.

The high school will be testing staff members and students at higher risk of exposure. The Wayne County Department of Health TB Clinic is also offering testing.

The clinic is located in Westland at 2001 South Merriman Road, Suite 300. Call 734-727-1130 for details.

Barbara O'Connell April 17, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Are you kidding me? Who wrote this article? As a nurse, many diseases are airborn, but it's not much different than the common cold or any other viruses/diseases. Anyone's dirty hands, drinking glasses, clothing can carry this. Also, the sink/toilet handles at the school are contaminated. Wake up people please! Northville should be really worried and decontaminate the entire school from the desks, bathrooms, kitchens, cafeteria trays etc. I will ask you this question--if a Nurse is mandated to get an annual TB test done as we are in constant contact with a lot of ill people--is this any different than a whole lot of children in contact with a bacteria of this nature who are not protected? Speaking of that--are these children not being properly immunized as I know the TB vaccine was major when I raised my children. I wish for the best here. Thanks for letting me vent.
ecnalubma April 17, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Someone who claims to be B. O’Connell, who also claims to be a nurse, is posting bad information here. TB is NOT spread by, shaking someone’s hand, sharing food or drink, touching bed linens or toilet seats, sharing toothbrushes, or kissing. There is no need to worry about “contamination” or decontamination of the school. A nurse who works with the “sick and ill” is much different than those who work or attend a school. I seriously doubt that anyone’s child living here in the USA has ever been subject to being immunized for TB. The CDC does not even recommend this immunization for those who live and do not travel out of the country. The resulting side effects of being immunized with the BCG Vaccine offers it’s own lasting side effects that in most cases would out way the benefit of being vaccinated. This information provided here is obviously posted by a Germaphobe. Do your own research before jumping to any conclusions as a result of this posting.
Connie April 21, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I think to over react to the case might be a little over the top. The article is based on good science and not hysteria. Good vaccination protocals and common personnal hygeine are the best preventions for any communicable diesase.

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