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Montgomery school tests kids, staff for TB

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Students and staff at Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery underwent tests for tuberculosis.

Montgomery schools officials said last week that a student at the school was diagnosed with active tuberculosis.

As a precaution, the school's students and staff received tuberculin skin tests Tuesday. Those tests will be read Thursday.

Anyone testing positive then will receive an X-ray. Parents can expect to get a letter from the school Thursday with the results of the skin test.

School officials say anyone who was absent on Tuesday will be tested on Wednesday.

People who are diagnosed with active TB are treated with oral medication for several months. The disease is spread when a person with active TB coughs, sings or speaks and another person inhales the contaminated air.

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