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Update: 1 Case of Tuberculosis at Kreps Middle School, 22 Need Testing

The school notified parents Thursday.

One person at  is confirmed to have Tuberculosis and 22 others were identified as needing testing, according to school officials.

The health department notified the school on Wednesday and letters were sent home to parents Thursday, said Principal Lori Stein. She would not say if it was a student or faculty member, or what grade level, citing confidentiality.

“The health department is not concerned and neither are we,” Stein said. “We don’t believe anyone here is in danger, has ever been in danger.”

New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services spokesman Daniel Emmer said it is a suspected case of Tuberculosis, while the school said it is confirmed.

The health department and the middle school identified anyone who may be at risk from having contact with the infected person, and all parents of students and staff members were notified if they needed to be tested, Stein said in an email Saturday.

Tests will be held April 30 during the school day, Stein said.

The bacteria is spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes, speaks or sings, and someone nearby could breathe in the bacteria and become infected, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website said.

“Its not something where you need to sanitize the building because there is nothing to sanitize,” Stein said, explaining that the Tuberculosis bacteria is difficult to transmit, and its airborne so when it hits an inanimate object it dies.

“You need ongoing continuous contact with the [infected] person,” Stein said.

An information session for Kreps families will be held on April 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium, Stein said.

Symptoms of Tuberculosis listed on the Center for Disease Control's website include a bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer, pain in the chest, coughing up blood, weakness or fatigue, weight loss, no appetite, chills, fever and sweating at night.

In 2011, there were 331 confirmed cases of Tuberculosis in New Jersey, according to New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.

To see a copy of the letter, click on the PDF to the right of this article.

 

Editor's note: This article was originally published at 9:42 a.m. Friday, and updated at 2:25 p.m. Saturday.

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whatever41 April 21, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Do they not give TB vaccinations anymore????
Henry Schairer April 21, 2012 at 12:56 AM
There is no vaccine for tuberculosis.
whatever41 April 21, 2012 at 01:13 AM
There was at one time, because i was immunized. But I did research it and they don't do it anymore. So where did this unfortunate little person contract it?? It is contagious.
Bettie Witherspoon April 21, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I too had to have a TB vaccination before I could enter school! All of us had the marks ... on our left upper arm. Years later we heard that TB had disappeared, and the vaccinations were no longer necessary. My daughter did not have to have one. It seems TB did not completely disappear after all, but it sounds like the situation is under control. No need to panic.
Vic Monaco April 21, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Hi Bettie. So glad to hear from you!
linkcom April 21, 2012 at 11:17 PM
that was small pox
linkcom April 21, 2012 at 11:19 PM
you are correct henry it was small pox vaccinations
Dave Bell April 22, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Theres is no need to panic, but there is a need to have a better notification system in place. I got an e-mail not a phone call or hard copy sent home. I don't check my e-mail too often. There should also have been some information about TB sent with the e-mail
Pam Parker April 22, 2012 at 12:38 PM
this article actually gives more info than the email letter sent home last week. This is not the first time Patch has told me more about a situation in my children's schools than the schools have. I am grateful for Patch, but there is something not right about this on going problem.
Bettie Witherspoon April 22, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Thank you, Vic, How are you and what are you doing these days? You may have heard. I am blessed to be the survivor of simultaneous throat cancer and congestive heart failure. Now I seem to be recovering from the treatments! A little at a time, but richly blessed. And I found that even when I am flat on my bac, my mind is still at work, and also that I can work on the computer while lying down. I have been doing a little writing. How about you? What is with you these days?
whatever41 April 22, 2012 at 01:52 PM
The best thing to do is contact your primary care physician or pediatrician. I would not rely on hearsay or e-mail to ease my concern to make sure my children are protected.
Margaret April 22, 2012 at 07:30 PM
There has never been a vaccine for TB. The mark on your arm as a child was from the Small Pox vaccine. Everyone can be tested for TB by having a skin test at your local physician...it's called a PPD test. Given one day and read 3 days later. "letters were sent home to parents" is really not a great way to inform parents as many children lose or "forget" flyers sent home from school. Each and every parent of a child at possible risk should have received a call...actually connecting to a parent and NOT just a message left. Additionally, as stated above, some information about TB should have been sent along as well. Not everyone has a computer or is even computer savvy enough to find the information on the internet.
Dave Bell April 22, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Problem I had was no letter was sent home with the kids even. It was e-mailed, I don't check my e-mail all the time. A call or a letter sent home with the child would have been better. And again a little information with the letter would have helped too. When they sent home letters about lice it even came with info, but no info about TB with the letter?
whatever41 April 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Bacillus Calmette-Guérin From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Redirected from Bacille Calmette-Guérin) Bacillus Calmette-Guérin Vaccine description Target disease Tuberculosis Type Live bacteria Clinical data AHFS/Drugs.com FDA Professional Drug Information Pregnancy cat. C (US) Legal status ℞-only (US) Routes Percutaneous Identifiers ATC code J07AN01 Microscopic image of the Calmette-Guérin bacillus, Ziehl-Neelsen stain, magnification:1,000 Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (or Bacille Calmette-Guérin, BCG) is a vaccine against tuberculosis that is prepared from a strain of the attenuated (weakened) live bovine tuberculosis bacillus, Mycobacterium bovis, that has lost its virulence in humans by being specially subcultured (230 passages) in an artificial medium for 13 years, and also prepared from Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacilli have retained enough strong antigenicity to become a somewhat effective vaccine for the prevention of human tuberculosis. At best, the BCG vaccine is 80% effective in preventing tuberculosis for a duration of 15 years; however, its protective effect appears to vary according to geography

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