Many tested after Fremont Middle School staffer dies of tuberculosis


Dozens of people have been tested for tuberculosis after an employee of a school in Las Vegas died of the disease in mid-July.

Dr. Joseph Iser, the head of the Southern Nevada Health District, tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal the woman was unable to speak by the time health officials learned of her case.

The Clark County School District would not reveal the woman's title or name. Fremont Middle School principal Ann Schiller left a phone message to parents saying health officials would contact them if their children needed to be tested.

Tuberculosis bacteria are spread through the air. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says almost 500 people died of tuberculosis in the U.S. in 2014.

Officials have screened 114 people who had contact with the woman. Iser says 67 have tested negative so far.

The Clark County School District released this statement Monday afternoon:

"Providing a safe, positive learning environment for our students is the number one priority for the Clark County School District. When a school or the school district becomes aware of a health issue, CCSD's Health Services Department works with representatives from the Southern Nevada Health District to take appropriate action. Last month, when it was learned that a person who was at Fremont Middle School had an active case of TB, the school sent out a ParentLink message to let parents know that representatives from the Southern Nevada Health District would be contacting households who would likely need to obtain testing for their children. All parents at the school were encouraged to contact the SNHD if they had any questions or concerns about possible signs of TB. As the new school year begins next week, parents and staff who have questions regarding TB testing should contact their licensed health care provider or the Southern Nevada Health District."

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