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Case of tuberculosis reported at Surprise charter school

Posted at 2:00 PM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-10 20:18:03-04

PHOENIX — The Maricopa County Department of Public Health says an individual at a charter school in the northwest Valley has tested positive for tuberculosis.

County health officials say the person is connected to Imagine Preparatory near Reems and Greenway roads. The county would not say whether the patient is a student or employee at the school.

The county says it was notified of the positive test late last week and the individual is no longer at the school. Testing for tuberculosis is available to others at Imagine Prep, according to MCDPH.

The school sent a letter to parents Tuesday, saying in part, they had identified a person in the school that had been diagnosed with active tuberculosis, and it is not an emergency situation. You can read the full letter here.

Tuberculosis, also known as TB, is a potentially serious infection that primarily targets the lungs. Many strains of tuberculosis are resistant to the drugs most used to treat it, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Symptoms of infection include coughing that lasts for three or more weeks, chest pain, fatigue and chills.