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Tuberculosis conference wrapping up; new details released on student exposure

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

A news conference at Butler High School is wrapping up, and we've learned new details about student exposure to tuberculosis at the school.

Dr. Ketty Gonzalez says that 500 student have been tested. Of those 500, up to 75 students tested positive for exposure to TB. There has been one confirmed case so far, and officials are working to confirm two other cases.

Health officials want parents to know that the school is safe. They plan to re-test everyone who has had a negative test.

The students who have contracted tuberculosis are at home being treated. Their immediate family is also being tested.

There have been six cases of active TB in Richmond County in 2012. With the confirmed case at Butler, as well as the two cases being confirmed, that number will grow to nine.

Anyone with questions or concerns is urged to call the Laney Walker Health Department facility at (706) 721 5800.

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