HEALTH ALERT: Confirmed active case of tuberculosis (TB) at Lumberton Junior High School
HEALTH ALERT: The Public Schools of Robeson County was informed of a confirmed active case of tuberculosis (TB) at Lumberton Junior High School. We are working closely with the Robeson County Health Department and are following the protocol and all regulations as required by law. The first step in this process is to provide an informatory letter to all students at the school and communicate more details. The next course of action will be to send a second letter from the Robeson County Health Department to the students identified as possibly having exposure to the illness. Those identified are likely to be a very small number of individuals, and we are working closely with the staff of the Robeson County Health Department to contact those individuals. As for the individuals that may have been exposed, the health department will ensure that they receive the appropriate testing and treatment based on guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The vast majority of employees and students will not be contacted, and do not need any testing or treatment for TB.
While it is important for the Lumberton Junior High School community to be aware and informed of this exposure, we must remember a relatively small number of persons are likely to have been exposed, and no one is at immediate risk of any health problems. TB is a disease that generally develops over weeks to months, and it is completely curable with medications. Dr. Shanita Wooten, Superintendent of the Public Schools of Robeson County, stated “We are taking this health matter very seriously and are confident that the actions of school officials and the Robeson County Health Department are guarding the well-being of the students, staff and public. This has been a truly collaborative effort with everyone involved and we are grateful for the diligent work and directions put in place to complete the testing process with accuracy while keeping the health and safety of our students and staff, a top priority.” The Public Schools of Robeson County are following all health protocols and guidelines set in place by the state of North Carolina and Robeson County. If there are any questions or concerns regarding this exposure, please contact Tracy Jones, Communicable Disease Nurse with Robeson County Health Department at 910-671-3210.
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