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Tuberculosis confirmed at North Windham School | News



NORTH WINDHAM, CT (WFSB) – One case of tuberculosis was reported at a school in North Windham.

Windham Public Schools said the case was confirmed at Charles H. Barrows STEM Academy.

A letter was sent to parents on Wednesday, where it said an action plan is in place according to public health guidelines and local health authorities.

"The affected person is currently being treated and there is no risk of further exposure to any student or employee at this time," wrote Patricia Sulk, health director of the Northern District Health Department and principal Timothy Maclure.

The letter informed parents that it usually takes 8 hours of close contact in a small room for tuberculosis to be transferred.

"A healthy person cannot contract TB from random exposure, such as passing in a hall or sitting in a cafeteria for an hour," said Sulk and Maclure.

The two said there is a risk that another child has been infected due to the fact that the exposure was very small.

However, the state health officials recommend that all students and employees in any class or after school activity be tested with the individual during the exposure time.

"If the test is given to your child, you will be contacted by another letter within the next week," wrote Sulk and Maclure.

They said testing is recommended to take place now and for 8 to 1

0 weeks. 19659002] District officials said that although families may choose to have their preferred provider or doctor perform this test, a clinic will take place on May 28 and May 29 in Barrows during school hours.

"Representatives from [DPH and the local health district] will attend school officials in host at the health school community information forum on Thursday, 23 May at 6 pm," wrote Windham Public Schools on his website. "We invite all families to join in seeking additional information."

More about tuberculosis, including the state's guidelines, can be found at the Department of Public Health's website here.

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