Health: Polk Schools, health district report two cases of tuberculosis. Updates on what’s being done.

Health: Polk Schools, health district report two cases of tuberculosis. Updates on what’s being done.

 

What to know about tuberculosis from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
Laurie Atkins
Superintendent Laurie Atkins

Two cases of tuberculosis have been reported within the Polk County School District, one at Cedartown Middle School and the other Cherokee Elementary. Apparently some Cedartown High School students “needed testing as a precaution due to them riding the bus,” according to a post from the school system on Facebook.

Superintendent Laurie Atkins posted a note to “parents and guardians” last Friday about the situation. The full letter appears below. Some of the areas to note:

“The (school) district was notified of the confirmed cases by the Georgia Department of Public Health due to the patients’ connection to our schools … The (health) department provided the district wtih the letters that we were required to use for notification: The list of target student groups to be notified and need of testing; as well as, the letter to notify non-exposed student groups of the situation within the school.”

Dr. Unini Odama

She then quotes Dr. Unini Odama, director of the Northwest Health District: 

“We are working with Polk School District officials to identify and test inividuals at risk of exposure to TB based on guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We are confident that actions by school officials are guarding the health of their students and the public. The confirfmed TB caes are being treated at home and do not present a danger to others.”

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported “301 new tuberculosis cases were reported in Georgia in 2016,
representing a 6% decrease from 2015.” Click here to read the 2016 summary.

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