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TB testing to continue at Butler High School

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 7:52 PM
Last updated Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 2:17 AM
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Tuberculosis testing at Butler High School will continue after the holiday break.

As a precaution, officials for the East Central Health District will re-examine students who returned negative skin tests for tuberculosis bacteria during the initial rounds of testing, according to Tammy Burdeaux, the district nursing and clinical director.

“It’s just to double-check,” she said. “The investigation is still ongoing.”

Three students have been diagnosed with tuberculosis and are out of school receiving treatment. The initial patient showed signs of the illness in October.

The health department tested 500 people who could have been exposed. Of that group, 75 tested positive for TB bacteria.

Testing positive for the bacteria is not a guarantee a patient will develop the disease.

According to 2010 data, the most recent available, 15 percent of people in Richmond County would test positive for the bacteria but 90 percent of that group would never develop the disease.

The three Butler students with TB all contracted a strain resistant to isoniazid, the most common drug used to treat the disease, Burdeaux said.

They are now being treated with other drugs.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.3 percent of the 10,528 cases of TB in 2011 were resistant to isoniazid and rifampin, the other drug used to combat the disease.

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OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/12/12 - 11:13 pm
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Months ago when this started I asked why more were not tested

and why testing wasn't required like vaccinations before entering school?

It makes even more sense given the already present Anti-Biotic resistant strains of T.B. in the Metro Atlanta area.

Techfan
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Techfan 12/13/12 - 08:06 am
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There's a big difference

There's a big difference between testing for TB and vaccines. The cost could be almost prohibitive. A PPD test requires a transdermal injection and then a check of the site in 48-72 hours, not an IM injection A lot of false negatives, requiring lots of chest x-rays. We have to get them in a health care setting, but I'm not sure if it would be a necessary screening for most schools.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/13/12 - 08:37 am
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Things sure changed

TB testing....guns brought to school----kids punching teachers----drugs everywhere......now someone please tell me ...before you cuss me....what happened??
Fuss all you want to about the oldies but we didn't put up with nonesense from kids in school.....yes I know the kids can't help getting tb.....

F4therTime
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F4therTime 12/13/12 - 08:57 am
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Well seenit...
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that was back in the day when parents didn't go to the school and cuss the teacher out cause Johnny was being disruptive in school. Also back in the day a parent wouldn't dare get onto a school bus and fist fight with the driver. Teachers wouldn't put up with unruly kids and principals actually put them out of school for being unruly and disruptive. No child left behind should be what it says...left behind!!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/13/12 - 09:10 am
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F4ther time

You are right on the money my friend......THAT is the only way we will ever get our schools back up to par.......call me crazy if they wanta.....we need a complete flip of our school system..

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/13/12 - 12:39 pm
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The evil Anglo's are to blame......
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They used to infect blankets with cholera, now it is the entitlement checks that are contaminated with TB. We need more "social engineering" in the schools and projects.

Who is in charge of the "reservation"?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/13/12 - 12:42 pm
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George P. Butler High School .......
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Once the prize of south Richmond County (-: Fifty year anniversary, Class of '63, on the horizon.

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