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Health officials evaluate the active case of tuberculosis at Heritage HS in Vancouver News



VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) – Washington state health officials assess an active case of tuberculosis at Heritage High School in Vancouver.

The health agency has identified about 150 students and members who may have been in close contact with the person while they may have been contagious, but say the risk of spreading the disease to students, staff, and the public is low.

Health officials say the person was connected to the school and had been in the building before COVID-19 closed in March. For health reasons, officials cannot disclose how the person is connected to school.

According to Public Health, there is currently no evidence of other cases at Heritage High School.

According to the Ministry of Health, a local health care provider reported a possible tuberculosis case on June 4, with state health authorities confirming the case on June 6.

The Health Department has sent letters to students and staff who may have been in close contact with the person who tested positive and recommends that they contact their healthcare providers for testing.

As the evaluation continues, health officials say it may expand to other locations where the infected person has spent a long time. Officials say they will notify people directly who may have been exposed and who may be at risk of infection.

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