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Case of tuberculosis confirmed at North Windham magnet school

NORTH WINDHAM, Conn. (WTNH) - A case of tuberculosis has been confirmed at a North Windham school.

According to a spokesperson for Charles H. Barrows STEM Academy, a letter was sent home with all students on Wednesday, May 15th, advising parents of a confirmed case of tuberculosis at the school.

School officials went on to say that "under the directions of the State Department of Public Health (DPH) and local health district authorities, Windham Public Schools has set a plan of action in place according to the timeline determined of DPH."

The letter states the affected individual is being treated and that there is no risk of additional exposure to any students or staff at this time.

To read the full letter, click below: 

Dr. Lynn Sosa, Deputy Chief epidemiologist at the Department of Public Health said most of the time healthy people who are exposed to someone with tuberculosis will not be infected.

“It does require spending a lot of prolonged time with somebody who is sick. So actively coughing and even in that situation most people will actually not be infected,” she said. 

The school also asked parents to review a TB fact sheet provided by the Center for Disease Control and recommends all students and staff who were in class with the individual who was diagnosed with tuberculosis, get tested for it as well. The families of those students will be informed next week. 

Click below for more information on TB from the CDC: 

School officials are also hosting a School Community Information Forum on Thursday, May 23rd at 6:00 p.m., where they will give more information. 

For more information on the state's Tuberculosis Control Program, click here. 


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