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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

US : Two Byrd students test positive for TB

Article via Shreveport Times, excerpt :

" Two C.E. Byrd High School students have been infected with tuberculosis, according to letters sent home to parents today.

Last week, 182 individuals were tested for exposure to the bacterial infection after a classmate was found to be infected. State public health officials tested 173, while nine were tested privately, said Charles DeGraw, Department of Health and Hospitals state tuberculosis manager.

The infection rate--about 1 percent--"is what we were expecting," DeGraw said, and what health officials consider a background rate of tuberculosis infection.

State health officials will retest those who were negative in December."

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