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TB exposure for 16 people at high school

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POSTED February 6, 2015 11:58 p.m.

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Sixteen people at a Northern California high school have tested positive for tuberculosis exposure after a student was diagnosed with active tuberculosis.

The Sacramento Bee reports Friday the 16 will undergo X-rays to determine whether they have the active or latent form of the contagious disease.

Health officials say between 150 and 200 students at Florin High School received letters asking them to participate in Tuesday’s testing.

A student at the school last month was diagnosed with active tuberculosis.

A majority of people who have been infected with tuberculosis have a latent infection and do not develop active tuberculosis disease.

The disease can be spread by coughing and sneezing. Symptoms can include fatigue, pain in the chest, a bad cough lasting three weeks, chills and fever.

 

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