Case of tuberculosis reported at Alexandria elementary school

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A case of tuberculosis (TB) has been reported at an Alexandria elementary school, officials say.

School officials say a person at Patrick Henry Elementary School was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis.

Officials want to assure the community there is no ongoing risk of infection at PHES or any other school from this exposure.

Alexandria Health Department is currently working to identify students and staff who may have spent time in close contact with this person. Those students and staff will be tested for TB infection. Alexandria Health Department will be contacting those in need of testing directly. Only those identified by Alexandria Health Department will need testing.

“TB is treatable and curable. It is a bacterial disease that is spread from person to person through the air. TB germs are put into the air when a person with active TB disease coughs. If another person breathes the air containing the TB germ, he or she may become infected. Not everyone infected with the TB germ becomes sick and/or is contagious to others. Some of the symptoms of active TB disease include a cough lasting more than three weeks, decrease in appetite, weight loss and fatigue,” said Alexandria City Public Schools on Facebook.

You can find out more information on the disease here.