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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
OKLAHOMA: Students, Staff Tested for Tuberculosis at Ada High School
By Ashley Park
September 4, 2013 (Sherman, Tx.) (09.03.2013)

After an Ada High School student in Ada, Okla., recently tested positive for TB, State and Pontotoc County Health Department officials went to the school to screen 200 students, staff, and family members for TB as a precautionary measure, according to Amy Hill, administrative program manager for the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Officials also planned to follow up with more screening in three months since it could sometimes take that long for the immune system to respond to the virus. Ada City Schools Superintendent Pat Harrison said the September 3 testing went smoothly and health department officials addressed many of the parents’ and students’ concerns. Harrison also noted that the school would not allow the originally diagnosed student to return to class until the school received doctor’s clearance.