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Lake Gibson student tests positive for tuberculosis


Published:   |   Updated: May 21, 2014 at 06:56 AM

A student at Lake Gibson High School has tested positive for tuberculosis and is undergoing treatment at home for the contagious disease, the Florida Department of Health in Polk County said Tuesday.

The student, who was not identified due to privacy reasons, is in stable condition.

The health department and Polk school district have identified about 110 people thought to have been in close enough contact with the student that testing is recommended. This includes family members and those who were in the same classroom, bus or vehicle as the student. They are being offered free tuberculosis tests.

Those being tested must sign and turn in a permission slip beforehand.

Although tuberculosis is contagious, a person must have close, prolonged contact over an extended period of time to become infected, the health department said. Testing is not recommended for all students and faculty.

Symptoms include chronic cough, weight loss, fever, night sweats, chest pain and coughing up blood.

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