Health officials: Case of TB at Sunset High School

"This situation is not a medical emergency," Deputy Health Officer Jennifer Vines wrote

A senior chest physician looks at x-ray results of a patient suspected to have tuberculosis (TB). (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A senior chest physician looks at x-ray results of a patient suspected to have tuberculosis (TB). (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — A person at Sunset High School was diagnosed with tuberculosis, Washington County Public Health officials said in a letter to parents.

Beaverton School District is required to notify the community about potential health concerns on any of their campuses. Officials are not saying whether the person diagnosed with TB is a student or staff member at Sunset High School.

“This situation is not a medical emergency,” WCPH Deputy Health Officer Jennifer Vines wrote in a letter. “There is not an ‘outbreak’ of TB in the school community.”

Vines told KOIN 6 News via email the person was diagnosed with active TB of the lungs which is spread through close, prolonged face-to-face contact.

“The ill individual was able to tell us who they spent a lot of time with,” Vines wrote. “We are contacting those individuals directly to arrange for latent TB testing.”

Health officials said they don’t believe the person caught TB at school.

For more information about TB, read the document below.

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