State and local health officials will offer tuberculosis testing to an additional 75 people who may have come into contact with the disease at Olathe Northwest High School. The testing will occur on April 8.
Officials last month tested 304 students and staff members after one student was found to have an active case of the disease. Those tests revealed that 27 individuals had the inactive form of tuberculosis, which is not contagious.
“As part of the usual disease investigation, (health officials) analyzed the daily routine of the 27 individuals who tested positive for TB infection,” Lougene Marsh, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, said in a release. “We identified a commonality among the positive cases, therefore the investigation now includes these additional school contacts.”
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