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Student At Amarillo’s Fannin Middle School Has Tuberculosis

Healthcare Workers Fight TB In The Inner City
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Officials with the Department of Public Health have confirmed a student at Fannin Middle School has an active case of tuberculosis.

While TB is a serious condition, it is not considered an emergency.  The case is being treated by strict Center for Disease and Control guidelines.  TB is spread through the air and other students and staff could contract it through cough and sneezes.  Not everyone infected with the disease will get sick.  There are two different types of TB conditions, latent and active.

Nearly 130 people, including faculty and students were tested Monday.  If any of the skin tests come back positive additional testing, including a chest x/ray will be required.

Symptoms of TB include chest pain, chills, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, weakness and weight loss.

For more information see this source article.

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