Student at Seminole High School in Sanford contracts tuberculosis

Investigation continues; safety measures being taken

SANFORD, Fla. - A student at Seminole High School in Sanford has been identified as having an active case of tuberculosis, also known as TB.

According to health officials, this is an isolated case, but parents say they're still going to be taking extra precautions.

"It's always concerning when you're talking about a communicable disease that can impact other people, and I think TB is one of the those," said parent Phillip Miller.

Miller, along with other parents of students that go to Seminole High School, will soon be getting alerted that a ninth grade student was recently diagnosed with an active case of tuberculosis.

Health officials said that approximately 125 students and staff that came in contact with the student will be tested to make sure they weren't exposed to the disease.

"You can see signs of symptoms if a person has a cough, fever, night sweats if they lose weight or their appetite," said Dr. Swannie Jett with the Department of Health for Seminole County.

Jett said that male student found out he had TB this past weekend and hasn't been to school in over a month.

"Once a person becomes active, we provide prophylaxes and we will verify if it is working after two to four weeks," said Jett.

He said that Tuberculosis is spread from person to person through close contact and primarily affects a person's lungs.

The case comes a day after health officials announced that an Ocoee High School student has tuberculosis. Health officials say the two incidents are not connected, but parents are still worried about the recent findings.

"Any type of disease that you can contract through exposure becomes a concern for the whole community as well, not just the school system," said Miller.

Seminole County health officials said this is the fifth case of tuberculosis they've had this year. They want to stress to parents that every case has been very isolated and TB is not on the rise.

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