From the Washington Post:
At least 1,400 students, staff at Lee High should get TB tests, health officials sayLearn more about Robert E. Lee High School HERE. According to the school profile:
By T. Rees Shapiro, Published: July 22
Fairfax County health officials have suggested that at least 1,400 more faculty, staff and students at Lee High School in Springfield get tested for tuberculosis after more people have been found to be infected with the disease, Fairfax Health Department officials said Monday.
The tuberculosis investigation at Lee traces back to three active cases discovered there last school year. TB, as the disease is known, is a bacterial germ that attacks the lungs and can be deadly if not treated quickly.
Fairfax County Health Director Gloria Addo-Ayensu said the investigation had determined through skin tests that more people at Lee High have latent TB infections, a noncontagious form of the disease. She declined to say how many people have latent infections, but school officials estimated the total number is between 15 and 25.
Addo-Ayensu said that those who were tested were split into two categories: those who were born in the United States and those who were born in foreign countries. About 1 percent of native U.S. residents would normally have the latent infection at any one time.
Of those who have been screened in Fairfax, she said, about 5 percent of those born in the United States had a positive test for the latent infection, a rate that “was significantly higher than you would have expected.”
The Health Department would not disclose the exact rate of infection for those tested who were born outside the United States....
Lee High School has served the Springfield community since it opened in 1958. Like many schools in Fairfax County, Lee reflects the increasing diversity of its student body. Students come from 42 countries and speak more than 34 languages....Wikipedia has additional information HERE.
As a local, I know that this particular high school is not one the schools to which teachers typically avoid getting assigned.
It seems to me that the law of unintended consequences has come into play in this recent TB problem — possibly in a way that endangers many lives.
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Meanwhile, in California: "CA Park Campgrounds Closed After Officials Find Bubonic Plague in Squirrel."