UPDATE: 3 more Students Contract TB in Sheboygan

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 5/10 at 9:10 a.m.

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- Health officials say three more Sheboygan students have an active case of tuberculosis, in addition to the case confirmed last month.

All four students are members of the same family. Health officer Dale Hippensteel says the county has eight infectious cases, all within the same extended family.

TB can be life-threatening if left untreated. Hippensteel says the eight people with confirmed cases are receiving treatment. Tuberculosis can be spread through coughing, sneezing or talking.

About two dozen students who share a classroom throughout the day with the first infected student were tested and found to be negative.

Health officials tell The Sheboygan Press they're in the process of compiling a list of students to be tested who share two or more classes with the newly infected students.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 4/26 at 12:37 p.m.

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- Health officials say a Sheboygan South High School student has an active case of tuberculosis and has been isolated and treated.

Sheboygan County Health and Human Services supervisor Jean Beinemann says about two dozen students are being tested because they were in close contact with the infected person.

Beinemann says Sheboygan County residents in general are at low risk of contracting the disease. The Sheboygan Press says the Sheboygan Area School District sent letters home to parents of students who were at greatest risk. Beinemann says the TB case was discovered when one of the student's family members visited a clinic and was identified with tuberculosis.


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