UPDATE | Results show 4 at Warren Rd Elementary exposed to TB

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Results for the tuberculosis screenings at Warren Road Elementary show four people have been previously exposed to TB, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

72 people at the school were screened overall. The four people with exposure have been referred to get medical treatment. This only means they were exposed to TB and not that they have active TB.

Friday, April 15, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A representative from the Department of Public Health says they have not received all of the numbers from T.B. testing at Warren Road Elementary School.

The official says they are continuing to test people today because some were absent on the first round of testing.

They expect to get the numbers of the TB tests at the earliest sometime next week.

This comes after some students and staff might have been exposed to a person with tuberculosis.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW/WAGT) -- Some students and staff at a Richmond County Elementary School will be tested for tuberculosis Wednesday after a case of confirmed TB.

The school didn't say if that person is a student or faculty member, but they say that person is not at the school and is getting treatment.

They also have not said how many people may have been exposed.

Warren Road Elementary sent two different letters home with students.

One letter stating the student may have been exposed to the disease and should be tested.
While another letter went home to kids who are not believed to have been exposed to the disease.
It reads that it is not recommended the child get tested, but if you are still concerned they'll do one for $27.

As for those who got the letter recommending testing, they'll all receive free testing Wednesday.

This is not the first time the school system has dealt with the disease.

From 2012 to 2014 four Richmond County schools have had scares with TB.
And just last month, 12 people at a Jefferson County school had positive tests for TB exposure after two other confirmed cases.

Not everyone who comes in contact with TB gets sick.

The CDC says there are two forms of the disease.
One called the latent infection and then there's the actual disease.
The latent infection could turn into the disease, so it's recommended to get treatment for both.

Those being tested Wednesday are being tested to see if they've been exposed to the disease.
If they have been exposed, then they'll need more testing to see if they have TB.

To get tested, underage students have to have consent from their parents.
The school says they should have the results back by Friday.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- If you ask Jamie Direnzo about being a parent to three kids, she'll say there are good and bad days.

Then there are tougher times, such as when her two sons brought home letters from their teachers from Warren Road Elementary School in Augusta. One note said her son Drew was likely not exposed, but the other said her other son Mason may have been exposed to someone with tuberculosis.

"It is kinda scary to think that there could be a TB case in the school," Direnzo says, "and it makes me feel a little uneasy knowing that my son could have possibly been exposed to that."

It's also not the first time Richmond County has had to deal with tuberculosis in its school system. According to Richmond County school spokesman Kaden Jacobs, the county has had 5 previous scares with TB. That includes cases at Glenn Hills High School, Westside High School, AR Johnson, Hephzibah High School, and Butler High School.

However, it is the first time the county will use its new communications department designed to let parents like Direnzo know about a possible spread at their child's school as soon as possible.

The system is also designed to let parents know whether or not their child may have been exposed to TB, which is why Direnzo says she won't be afraid during testing.

"I feel confident the situation will get taken care of and that we're not going to have to worry," Direnzo says, "but I'll feel even better when we get the test results back saying that they don't have it."

She also says she'll be ready, no matter the result.

"We'll just take the steps that we need to take, get the treatment we need to and lots of prayer, " Direnzo says. "It'll all just work out for the best."

Free tests will be performed only on students and faculty believed to have come in close contact with the person who tested positive for tuberculosis. Testing will happen Wednesday, April 13 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at Warren Road Elementary. The patient is out of the school system and is currently receiving treatment.

Parents of students at Warren Road Elementary will have to fill out consent forms in order for their child to receive testing at the school on Wednesday, April 13. Test results are expected to return by Friday, April 15.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

AUGUSTA Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Students at Warren Road Elementary school may have been exposed to a person with tuberculosis.

The Richmond County Health Department is offering free TB skin tests Wednesday, April 13 at Warren Road Elementary for anyone who may have been exposed. Underage students must have a parental consent form to receive the testing.

The Richmond County Health Department says the person with TB is out of school and receiving treatment.

The health department say anyone with a positive TB test will get more information about follow-up treatment.