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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
COLORADO: Unusual Rate of Latent TB Prompts More Testing at Longmont High School
Victoria A.F. Camron
February 10, 2012
Longmont Times-Call (02.08.12) - Friday, February 10, 2012

In two rounds of screening at Longmont High School in Longmont, about 40 percent of students and staff have tested positive for latent TB, prompting plans to test everyone at the school. That rate is unusual but not unheard of, said Dr. Randall Reves, director of the Denver Metro Tuberculosis Control Program. "It just reflects that [the initial student's] particular case of TB was more infectious than average," Reves said. No additional active case has been found. Ninth- and 10th-graders will be tested next week, followed by untested 11th- and 12th-graders the week after. Reves will meet with parents to address their questions and concerns Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Longmont High's gymnasium, 1040 Sunset St.