Doctors push tuberculosis testing after New Rochelle diagnosis

<p>While City School District of New Rochelle administrators reassure the community they're taking action to keep kids healthy following a tuberculosis scare at Columbus Elementary School, doctors are pushing for any concerned parents to get their kids tested.</p>

News 12 Staff

Sep 28, 2018, 9:42 AM

Updated 2,122 days ago

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While City School District of New Rochelle administrators reassure the community they're taking action to keep kids healthy following a tuberculosis scare at Columbus Elementary School, doctors are pushing for any concerned parents to get their kids tested.
Dr. Sherlita Amler, of the Westchester County Health Department, says the county reports about 30 cases of the bacterial disease a year. And while the student's diagnosis isn't common, it can be fatal.
Amler says testing is the best option, since there's currently no vaccine against tuberculosis.
The child who tested positive is expected to recover. News 12 is told that the risk of exposure to other students is low.
The district will be letting parents know when free tuberculosis testing is available through the Westchester County Health Department.


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