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Tuberculosis, TB, Cases at Robert E. Lee High School in Fairfax Lead To Increased Screening

8:59 AM, Jul 22, 2013   |    comments
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FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) - The Fairfax County Health Department is recommending that all students who attended Robert E. Lee High School during the 2012-2013 school year as well as faculty and support staff who worked there during that time get screened and tested for tuberculosis after three people at the school were diagnosed with active TB in June.

The Department also reports that 20 other individuals have met "exposure criteria", which means they spent a significant amount of time at the school in spots where the transmission of TB may have taken place. The Health Dept. says they sent 1,900 letters on July 19 to let the Robert E. Lee High School community know of the expanded testing.

The Department says there is no ongoing transmission of TB at the school and that most of the school community was not at "high risk of exposure". They are recommending that only people who have received a letter go to a special clinic (held at the school) listed in the schedule below.

TB TESTING SCHEDULE AT LEE HIGH SCHOOL
• Skin Test: Saturday, August 3, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Return for Results: Monday, August 5, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
• Skin Test: Saturday, August 3, 12 - 6 p.m. - Return for Results: Tuesday, August 6, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
• Skin Test: Monday, August 5, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Return for Results: Wednesday, August 7, 12 - 4 p.m.
• Skin Test: Tuesday, August 6, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Return for Skin Test: Thursday, August 8, 12 - 4 p.m.
• Skin Test: Saturday, August 10, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Return for Results: Monday, August 12, 12 - 4 p.m.

For more information contact the Fairfax County Health Department.

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