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JFK individual diagnosed with active TB

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - The Department of Public Health isn't identifying whether an individual at JFK High School who was diagnosed with active tuberculosis was a student, staffer or teacher. They're only saying that the individual has been taken out of the classroom, started on TB medications, and will not return to the school until medical clearance is given.

The DPHSS, Bureau of Communicable Disease Control's Tuberculosis Control Program is working with school officials to identify all close contacts who will be recommended to undergo TB screening.  All faculty and parents of students identified as close contacts will be notified by letter and provided information on the dates for the TB screening.

The DPHSS in collaboration with GDOE School Health Counselors will conduct free TB skin tests at the John F. Kennedy High School on May 16, 2011, from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Identified students and staff who do not complete the required TB skin test by May 23, 2011, will be excluded from school until the TB skin test has been completed.  This exclusion is necessary to ensure that all affected students and employees receive the appropriate testing.

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