Tuberculosis Test Results Back At Pitt County High School

Testing of hundreds of high school students found 2% of them had a positive skin test for tuberculosis. That amounts to 13 or 14 students.

Last week parents at Ayden-Grifton High School were notified after one student was found with the disease that is spread through the air.

The 689 students were given the skin tests on Monday and on Wednesday those results came back. County Health Director Dr. John Morrow says he's not surprised by the results, that's because he said if they tested a large cross section of Pitt County they would expect 5% to come back positive.

The next step is for those with positive skin test to have a chest x-ray which will determine if they have the bacteria and therefore infected. Until confirmed these are just suspected cases, the health director says.

Chest x-rays should come back in the next 24 hours.

A few students were not eligible for the skin test, and instead had to have a blood test performed and that could take weeks to come back.

Morrow says the will have to re-test all the students who return to Ayden-Grifton in August for a two month checkup to make sure they're not infected with TB.

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Students and staff at a Pitt County high school will undergo tests for tuberculosis after a confirmed case at the school.

On Monday, those at Ayden-Grifton High School will get a simple skin test for the disease after a student was diagnosed with TB.

The symptoms for TB can be fever, night sweats, weight loss and a cough that gets worse through time. It is spread thought the air when someone infected speaks, coughs or sneezes.

Pitt County Schools spokeswoman Heather Mayo says they are sending out letters to parents today letting them know of the testing. Mayo says since exams are now underway, they will perform the TB tests in the afternoons. The results will be read on Wednesday.

Health Director Dr. John Murrow says there are an average of some six TB cases a year in Pitt County. Last year there were seven confirmed cases.

Mayo says this is the first case at one of their schools in the six or seven years that she's been with the school system.

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