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.