Two people at a Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School have been diagnosed with tuberculosis, officials said Monday.
According to Prince George’s County public school officials and the health department, there are two confirmed cases of active tuberculosis (TB). They said the affected individuals are being treated and there is no risk of additional exposure to any students or staff.
In a news release, officials said both PGCPS and county health department officials will meet with the high school staff and parents to provide additional information and answer questions.
“Although the risk of exposure is small, we are working with our health professionals to offer TB screening out of an abundance of caution,” said Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer.
It normally takes at least eight hours of close contact in a small room for TB transmission to occur and the air space is only contagious when an untreated patient is present. A healthy person cannot contract TB from casual exposure such as passing in a hallway or sitting in a cafeteria for an hour.
“The Health Department and PGCPS prioritize the health and safety of all students, staff, and parents. We are working expeditiously to provide information, screening, and any additional follow up to maintain the health and wellness of the Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School community, “ said Ms. Pamela Creekmur, Health Officer.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers several fact sheets on TB exposure and treatment. For more information, parents and guardians should call the Prince George’s County Health Department, TB Control Program, at 301-583-3110.