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10 test positive for tuberculosis exposure at Hephzibah High School

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 7:04 PM
Last updated Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:16 AM
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Ten people from Hephzibah High School have tested positive for exposure to tuberculosis bacteria on a skin test, according to East Central Health District Nursing and Clinical Director Tammy Burdeaux.

Over the past three days, 139 Hephzibah students and employees have been tested for TB exposure after a student tested positive last week.

Burdeaux said the number of positive skin tests at the school was “typical” for a random test grouping of Augusta citizens and was “well below” numbers that would be concerning.

Skin testing of school employees and students will continue over the next few weeks.

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bubbasauce 04/23/14 - 08:29 pm
"Well below", really? Give me

"Well below", really? Give me a break! I guess we don't want panic do we?

corgimom 04/24/14 - 05:54 am
I believe if I were the

I believe if I were the parents of those 10 children, I wouldn't think it was "typical" and I wouldn't be "unconcerned".

thauch12 04/24/14 - 07:39 am
No cause for alarm...

There seems to be a theme going on at the Chronicle where more and more of the articles are becoming sensationalist like this one...

There is a world of a difference between latent TB (no active disease, noncontagious, absolutely nothing happens to 90% of people with this and this is more likely than not what all these kids have) and active TB (a miserable way to die, highly contagious, etc.). Many people hear TB and go into panic mode...which sells newspapers.

In writing statements like this, "Burdeaux said the number of positive skin tests at the school was 'typical' for a random test grouping of Augusta citizens and was 'well below' numbers that would be concerning," which convey (intentionally or not) such a degree of skepticism at this public health professional's statements, the author(s) of this article are preying on those who do not understand how these diseases work. Really folks, there is nothing to be alarmed about here, regardless of the questionable journalism at hand.

Either that, or this is just a really poorly written article...

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