Marion County high school being treated for tuberculosis
MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Marion County health officials have reported a suspected case of tuberculosis involving a North Marion High School student.
The student, who took summer classes at the high school, is presently undergoing tuberculosis drug therapy and is in isolation.
The case came to the attention of the Department of Health on July 29.
"Marion County Public Schools and the Department of Health are working together to ensure the health and safety of all students, employees, and members of the student's community," said Amy Reilly, senior community health nurse supervisor at the Florida Department of Health in Marion County.
TB is a disease that usually infects the lungs and is spread when an infected person coughs, talks, sings or sneezes untreated TB germs into the air. TB is less contagious than measles, mumps, chicken pox, and influenza.