Coweta County students tested for tuberculosis

Coweta County students tested for tuberculosis

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COWETA COUNTY, Ga. -

A middle school student from Coweta County is undergoing treatment for tuberculosis.  Health officials said they won't know for several weeks if the child has the lung disease.

More than 200 students, faculty and staff at Smokey Road Middle were screened for TB last week. All of them are connected with the 8th grade.  Some students at Newnan High School and Western Elementary who ride the same bus with the middle school student were also tested.

About 27 people from Smokey Road Middle School have tested positive for exposure to TB along with one other person from the student's bus.  They will now have to get chest x-rays and possibly have to take preventative medication.

"That means at some time in their lifetime, they have been exposed to tuberculosis. That does not mean they were necessarily exposed to it by this particular student," said Hayla Folder of the Department of Public Health.

Health officials say at any given time , 10 percent of the population will test positive for TB exposure.

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