Posted: Dec 12, 2012 10:52 PM by Steven Albritton
Updated: Dec 13, 2012 11:35 AM
One possible case of Tuberculosis has not been confirmed, but Lafayette Parish Schools and the Office of Public health are taking the proper precautions now. Right now, letters have been sent home to those exposed to this possible case, and testing of those individuals will start early next week. Dr. Tina Stefanski, with the Office of Public Health, was asked to address the school board Wednesday night.
"We've identified individuals who need to be tested, which includes faculty, teachers and students. It's about 200 people identified as needing testing at this point," Dr. Stefanski said.
School is still in session at Lafayette High, and testing for individuals who may have been exposed won't take place until early next week. Parents are concerned why that is the case.
"Parents should know we look at time lines and we determine the optimal time for testing. So, based on all the information that we have, next week is really the time we should begin testing," Dr. Stefanski said.
OPH expects the number of individuals who need to be tested to rise over the next few days. For those who will need to be tested, they will not have to pay for the test. In January, they will all need to be re-tested just as a precaution.
"What we do is, any time we have a suspected case of TB in an individual, we conduct these case investigations. We cast a large net. We want to be sure we identify any potential exposure."