Parents; students concerned over two cases of tuberculosis at PG County High School

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -- A tuberculosis scare at Dr. Henry Wise Jr. High School in Prince George’s County has some parents and students concerned.

Prince George’s County Public School officials say they were notified of two cases of people contracting TB back in September, shortly after the start of the school year.

Vernel Tanner was picking up his daughter from school when he said that he received notification just last week. He said, “Even though they say they are on top of it, my question is, what are you doing to prevent this in the future?”

“At this point, there is no further risk of exposure to anyone.”, said PGCPS Spokesperson, John White.

He said that both people who contracted the disease are currently being treated.

According to a PGCPS press release, it normally takes about eight hours of continuous close contact for someone to become infected with TB.

High School Junior, Asia Tanner said when she heard the news, “I was just very shocked and surprised. I was a little bit scared.”,

She said her school had not said much about the health scare, but that she does not mind going the extra mile to stay safe.

She said, “I don’t care if I look like the crazy one person in the school walking around with a mask. Maybe I could influence another 20 students to do the same thing.”

In a statement, PGCPS CEO, Dr. Kevin Maxwell said the school has been working with the health department to offer screenings for TB.

The statement also says that a healthy person cannot contract TB from casual exposure.

Anyone who has concerns is asked to contact the Prince George’s County Health Department, TB Control Program at (301) 583-3110.

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