It could take three to four weeks for a state lab to determine if the student tested positive for active tuberculosis, said Emmitt Walker with the health department.
The student was removed from school and placed on medication last week, Walker said.
Health officials offered tuberculosis skin tests at Glenn Hills High Tuesday for students and faculty "who had direct, sustained contact with that student," Walker said. The results of those tests should be ready Thursday or Friday.
But health officials say that even if a tuberculosis skin test comes back positive, it doesn't mean the person will develop the active disease. It means the person has come in contact with the disease.
Symptoms of active tuberculosis include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss.
For questions regarding testing, call the Richmond County Health Department TB Control Clinic at 706-721-5840.
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