TB scare rattles Warwick S.D.

Warwick School District officials sent a letter to parents yesterday notifying them that an elementary student tested positive for tuberculosis. School officials haven't revealed the age or sex of the student and will not confirm which one of the four Warwick Valley elementary schools the student attends. Orange County Health Commissioner Dr. Jean Hudson says the student tested positive for TB during a routine skin test, which doesn't mean the child has the potentially fatal bacterial disease. Hudson declined to elaborate whether the student in question had any symptoms of TB, but said parents shouldn't keep their children from school. The State Health Department says there are 1,300 reported cases of tuberculosis in New York each year. Signs of TB include a painful, wet cough that lasts more than three weeks, accompanied by weakness or fatigue, weight loss and fever.

Orange County Health Department TB Clinic - (845) 346-1113Letter About TB ScareCDC

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