Friday, April 24, 2009

Tuberculosis watch

It was big news last week when it was reported that students at Lakewood Ranch High School and Nolan Middle School may have been exposed to someone diagnosed with tuberculosis.

School and health department officials went into overdrive to get the word out to students, faculty and parents. The key points were that the disease is treatable and that the person who was diagnosed can no longer spread it.

Today, testing is underway for those who may have been exposed. Nancy High, principal at Nolan Middle School, says students have been matter of fact about the process and results will be read on Monday.

Public officials and the Herald did their job in getting the word out without sensationalizing it. There's been no panic. And a forum at Lakewood Ranch High School on Monday night attracted fewer than 10 parents. Good job all the way 'round.


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