TB case reported at Liberty Elementary

April 5, 2021 | Featured|Headlines

PONCA CITY — Ponca City School officials report that a student at Liberty Elementary has tested positive for tuberculosis.

PCPS is cooperating with the Kay County Health Department, which has launched an investigation.

Tuberculosis testing will be provided to those household contact and other close contacts.

Officials report that letters were sent and phone calls were made to school staff and parents of students who might have had significant exposure. People identified as contacts will receive a skin test upon initial notification followed by the same test three months later, officials said. 

If either test is positive, a medical evaluation and chest X-ray are conducted by public health officials.

Preventative medication may be prescribed to a person with a positive skin test to reduce their risk of developing active tuberculosis disease.

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria that usually affects the lungs, but other parts of the body can be affected. Authorities said the disease can be spread to others who share the same airspace. Symptoms may include feeling weak or sick, weight loss, fever and night sweats. A person with tuberculosis may have a cough, chest pain and/or coughing up blood.

People who have not been contacted by the county health department do not need to be tested, officials said. If you are concerned or do not know whether a significant exposure occurred, you can contact the Kay County Health Department at 580-762-1641.

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