Some Southport High School students, staff exposed to tuberculosis

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 22, 2015)– Southport High School parents received a call from Principal Barbara Brouwer Wednesday, informing them that some students and staff members have been exposed to tuberculosis (TB) by another student.

The Marion County Public Health Department recommends that students and staff members who were exposed get a TB test to see if they were infected. Arrangements have been made for testing next week and the high school said it would directly notify those affected.

Letters will be sent with more detailed information to those families. Parents can call nursing supervisor with questions.

The voice message can be heard below:

Symptoms of TB, an airborne diseased caused by bacteria, include a bad cough that lasts for more than two weeks, chest pains, fatigue, fever, night sweats, chills and weight loss or loss of appetite. Symptoms may not appear immediately if someone has been infected, but will come to light if that infection develops into active TB.

For more information about the illness, visit the Indiana State Department of Health’s website section on tuberculosis.