TB Screenings Scheduled for Grant Union High School

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Students returning to Grant Union High School will be offered tuberculosis screenings on August 22.

The screenings are being provided by the County Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with the Twin Rivers School District.

The screening is meant for any Grant Union student or staff member who has not already been tested for the Tuberculosis infection.

Confidential test results will be provided at the school on August 25, 2014.

According to Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye, all four Grant Union students diagnosed with active TB during the 2013-14 school year are on treatment and are not infectious.

“All exposure to the disease occurred prior to March, and there was only one student who was identified as infectious,” she said. “That student has been treated.”

Kasirye said students who were diagnosed with latent TB are not sick and cannot pass it on to others. Students determined to have the latent form of TB receive preventive treatment so that the TB bacteria will not cause active disease years later.

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