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Posted at 11:03 PM ET, 03/18/2010

Va. student diagnosed with tuberculosis

By Terri Rupar

A person at Freedom High School in Woodbridge was diagnosed with a confirmed case of tuberculosis, according to a letter written by the Prince William County school’s principal and county health officials.

The letter was posted Thursday on the school’s Web site, from Principal Inez Bryant and Dr. Alison Ansher, the Director of the Prince William Health District.

The letter did not identify if the ill person was a student, faculty or staff member, but said the individual was no longer at the school.

Prince William Health Department officials will screen people who spent time with that person for potential exposure to tuberculosis, the letter stated. All students wil be screened for exposure to tuberculosis and some of those will receive a tuberculin skin test.

Free screenings for students will be offered Monday and Tuesday at the school from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., officials said.

Any parents with questions can call the Prince William Health Department at 703-792-6301 or may contact the county school’s health services at 703-791-7257.

--Clarence Williams

By Terri Rupar  | March 18, 2010; 11:03 PM ET
 
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