Chil­dren at Ma­con day­care to be tested for TB

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

MA­CON, Ga. (AP) — Ge­or­gia health officials say they'll test more than 130 chil­dren at a Ma­con day­care af­ter a child tested pos­i­tive for tu­ber­cu­lo­sis.

North cen­tral health district spokes­woman Jennifer Jones says chil­dren at Neigh­bor­hood Academy will be tested Mon­day and officials will re­turn to the fa­cil­ity in 12 weeks to do pre­cau­tion­ary fol­low up eval­u­a­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, tu­ber­cu­lo­sis is an air­borne bac­te­rial in­fec­tion that typ­i­cally at­tacks the lungs but can also tar­get other or­gans.

Jones says health officials and the day­care are send­ing let­ters to par­ents in­form­ing them of test­ing pro­ce­dures and rec­om­men­da­tions on whether chil­dren should un­dergo skin tests or see doc­tors.

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