Martinez Elementary student removed from school after suspected TB case

(Source: MGN Online)
(Source: MGN Online)

MARTINEZ, GA (WFXG) - Columbia County superintendent Dr. Sandra Caraway says a fourth grader at Martinez Elementary showed signs of TB on Thursday.

"It's concerning because you want to make sure the school has it under control immediately," said Billy Wilson, a parent of 3 children in Columbia County schools. "It's important that the school notify parents in a timely fashion, so that precautions could be placed."

Letters have been sent out to parents notifying them of the suspected case, health officials said. Students who were in close contact with the student who was removed are also being notified.

Health officials will be testing students who were in close contact with the affected student for tuberculosis on Wednesday. They will return on Friday to do the readings of the tests.

Wilson says he will continue to do everything to make sure his children are well protected.

"As all the children are in school right now," Wilson began, "it's hand washing; we call it magic soap and using alcohol jells to kill the germs. Trying to minimize that and to keep them covering their mouth and hopefully stay out of the path of other germs."

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