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OHIO: Tuberculosis Present in Less than 1 Percent of Westlake School Members


Morning Journal (Lorain) (01.13.12) - Wednesday, January 18,

Of the nearly 500 people tested for TB after an active case was discovered at Westlake High School, less than 1 percent tested positive and none had symptoms of active disease, said Pamala Schnellinger, practice coordinator for the Cuyahoga County Tuberculosis Program. "It's lower than what you might find in the general population," she said. "You'd probably find about 3 percent of any population would have positive skin tests." As a precaution, testing was offered to anyone who wanted it at Westlake. Though officials declined to say whether the initial patient is a student or staff member, they said he or she also was at West Shore Career-Technical Education District at Lakewood High School; however, the patient's interaction there was so limited that widespread testing was deemed unnecessary. The infected person's condition continues to improve, said Schnellinger. "They'll probably be back [to school] in the next few weeks. They'll still be getting treated even after they go back to Westlake, but they won't be considered infectious," she said.


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