Whittier High School Students Tested for TB

WHITTIER, Calif. (KTLA) — A Whittier student held out his arm and showed us where his skin was tested for Tuberculosis.

The students are among several kids at the high school who were screened for TB.

A letter sent out to parents on February 13th alerted them that the L.A. County Department of Public Health had identified someone associated with the high school as having tested positive for the respiratory illness.

As a precaution, the school offered free testing to students who may have come into contact with the infected person.

And other kids were tested by their doctor for the airborne illness, spread through sneezing and coughing, which can be highly contagious in close quarters like a classroom.

Concerns about TB at Whittier High follow an outbreak among L.A.’s homeless on skid row, where public health officials say thousands of people may have been exposed to a unique strain that has led to 11 deaths since 2007.

There was no update from the heath department about whether the case in Whittier was at all related to the strain on Skid Row.

We are waiting to hear back from health officials to see if any students tested positive for TB, which is treatable and curable if caught early.

–Sara Welch, KTLA News

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