Monday, February 11, 2019

TB Case at Provine High School

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 

Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) announces that a case of active tuberculosis (TB) has been confirmed in a student at Provine High School in Jackson.  MSDH has been working with school officials to identify students and staff who may have been potentially exposed to the active TB case. 

In the coming weeks, MSDH will test approximately 200 students and faculty for TB infection. They will be notified by a letter with details about the upcoming testing. Testing for TB is only recommended for those individuals notified by the MSDH.

The risk of infection from this diagnosed case is minimal. The most common way to become infected with TB is to have direct, extended contact with someone who has active TB disease. TB is a respiratory infection that spreads when a person inhales airborne germs over an extended period of time in a confined area with someone who has the active disease. Symptoms of active TB disease include persistent coughing, coughing up blood, night sweats and weight loss.

Exposure to active TB disease can result in TB infection.  TB infection is not contagious and has no symptoms, but can develop into active TB disease over time.  A course of treatment is recommended for those with TB infection in order to prevent future TB disease.

“Provine High School officials have taken all the necessary safety precautions and have cooperated completely with us to ensure the further safety of all students, faculty and staff,” said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers.

“It’s important to remember that cases of TB are seen every year in the state, and sometimes these kinds of investigations in school settings are necessary. Identifying diseases and limiting the spread to others is an activity we do routinely, and there is absolutely no cause for concern,” said Dr. Byers.

MSDH will hold a meeting with parents at the Provine High School Auditorium on Thursday, February 14, from  6 -7 p.m. to address questions and provide information.


Anonymous said...

Pretty soon it will be Ebola

Anonymous said...

I was putting off my belief that Jackson was a 3rd world city. Now, I firmly believe it.

Anonymous said...

Must have gotten it from the trailer trash at Ole Miss.

Tuberculosis discovered in Ole Miss student
By and Janice Broach | April 9, 2018 at 3:42 PM CDT - Updated August 14 at 5:00 AM

OXFORD, MS (WMC) - Mississippi State Department of Health is investigating a case of tuberculosis at Ole Miss.

The health department confirmed a student at the Oxford campus was found with a case of active tuberculosis.

The health department notified Ole Miss immediately, which in turn sent out an email to all students.

Health department and school officials said 500 students may have had prolonged exposure to the student with tuberculosis.

Cynical Sam said...

It's only the perception of a radical communicable disease.

Anonymous said...

I am a physician from MS. TB is not that uncommon in MS, esp the delta. Daily treatment is actually supervised by government officials as mandated by federal law, if its confirmed active pulmonary TB. TB can affect any organ, but it only infectious if someone is coughing out particles during an active infection in the lungs. TB can lay dormant in lungs, "called latent TB" therefore person may never know about it unless they become immunosuppressed, this is very common among healthcare professions and that is why we are checked every year. TB is endemic in some very large cities on the West Coast. Not that big of a deal. No reason to freak out.

Anonymous said...

Perpetuating social stigmas about communicable diseases is a big problem for health care professionals because ppl will hide things and not seek treatment. Educate yourselves and have empathy before trying to embarrass other people.

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