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Round two for TB testing at local school

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Richmond County Health Department returned to Butler High School on Tuesday for their second round of tuberculosis testing. Dozens were tested in the first round, one testing positive for coming in contact with TB.

FOX54 reached out to parents and school officials for their reaction on the threat of this contagious disease.

Brittany Sharpe is a student at Butler High School and describes her experience being tested for tuberculosis.

"It hurts and it's embarrassing having people watch you," said Sharpe.  

This comes after Richmond County Health Department first conducted screenings in November with reason to believe teachers and students may have been exposed.

"There's a chance that everybody could catch it and that would be terrible for someone to have it in the school and pass it along to other students," said Natasha Denson, a legal guardian for a Butler student.  

Since it can take up to three months for the disease to show up in tests, the health department is once again offering tests for students and teachers.  They are encouraging everyone to get tested, even those that tested negative the first time.

"I hope it's the last time, I hope they get this cleared and they can have a successful year," said Denson.

FOX54 was unable to talk to anyone at the school but we did talk to Richmond County Superintendent Dr. Frank Roberson who says there's nothing to worry about.

"They have not given us any indication for alarm at this time," said Roberson.  

Roberson says he is hopeful this will be the last time, not only for the sake of the students' health but also having things back to normal.

However, some expressed their opinions about how things are being handled.

"I think they all should go to the private doctor and let the parents and grandparents know," said Lelia Richardson, grandparent of a Butler student. 

"I'm very glad the health department stepped in and helped," said Denson.  

Regardless, Dr. Roberson says it is manageable.

The health department will be testing students and teachers through the end of the week. Those that are tested must go back after 2 days to determine whether or not they have come in contact with TB.

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