Boston Latin School student diagnosed with tuberculosis
A student at Boston Latin School was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis and a small number of students and teachers who had been in close contact with him or her will be tested next week.
Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta informed students about the case today:
TB is both a curable and preventable disease. TB is not transmitted by brief contact (such as passing in the hall or in the cafeteria) and exposure to a person who is sick does not usually result in infection. The student who has TB is being treated with medicine and will not return to school until it is safe for that student to return.
TB spreads through the air, but many hours of contact with someone who has active TB are usually needed for this to happen. A small number of Boston Latin School students and faculty who fall into this group will be TB tested by the [Boston Public Health Commission] next week. ...
The BPHC is not concerned that anyone else is ill. The testing is a precaution. I know that we are in good hands.
About 60 Boston residents a year are diagnosed with TB, according to BPHC statistics.