MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery Public School System and the Alabama Department of Public Health sat down with concerned parents Monday evening to discuss the recent news of a student's positive Tuberculosis test.
The meeting, happening five days after administrators confirmed a case of TB at Jeff Davis High school in Montgomery, was a chance for parents and others to talk with health experts about the situation.
During the meeting ADPH officials told parents they could expect approximately 100 positive skin tests for TB, but that the tests do not indicate an active case of TB.
Many moms and dads have been nervous since the news came out last Wednesday. During the meeting workers talked strategy and testing. About 2,000 people will get a skin test Tuesday.
Those results could take 2 to 3 days to confirm, but the State Department of Public Health says these tests may not work the first time around. ADPH recommends additional testing 8 to 10 weeks after exposure.
Students who DO test positive will be given chest x-rays on site and may have to miss school until they pass three consecutive TB tests.
ADPH plans to let the public know how many students test positive and have active tuberculosis.