27 MORE STUDENTS Diagnosed With Tuberculosis at Olathe High School (Video)

Kansas officials announced on March 4 that a high school student was diagnosed with tuberculosis.

Three hundred students at Northwest High School were then tested.

Officials said you can contract TB by traveling to developing countries.

State and county officials today announced that 27 more students have tested positive for tuberculosis.
KAKE reported:

Twenty-seven more people have tested positive for tuberculosis at an eastern Kansas high school.

State and county health officials made the announcement Wednesday after tests were conducted on more than 300 Olathe Northwest High School students and staff members who came into contact with an infected student.

The Kansas City Star reports that officials began calling people who test positive on Monday. People with no sign of infection will receive letters.

Tuberculosis can be spread by coughing and sneezing. Symptoms include a bad cough for three weeks or longer, chest pain, weakness or fatigue, and coughing up blood.

According to the CDC, in 2013, a total of 65% of reported TB cases in the United States occurred among foreign-born persons. The case rate among foreign-born persons (15.6 cases per 100,000 persons) in 2013 was 13 times higher than among U.S.-born persons (1.2 cases per 100,000).

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