TB Testing Day at JD - 214 students absent

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - While officials say Tuberculosis testing "ran very smoothly" at Jeff Davis High School Tuesday, a large number of students didn't show up for class or testing. Approximately 10 percent of the student body, 214 people, were declared absent Tuesday.

While the test was not mandatory, it was strongly urged. In all more than 1,900 people had the skin test performed: 174 staff members and 1,847 students. Another 44 individuals skipped the test after verifying they'd been test by a private physician.

Those students who were not at school for TB testing Tuesday will have another opportunity to be checked. A test for absentees will take place Wednesday.

Tests will be read on Thursday and Friday. ADPH officials will interviews and take chest x-rays of those who get positive test results. All test results will be forwarded to parents.

During Monday evening's parent meeting, ADPH officials said they could expect around 100 positive TB tests, but that the positive tests do not indicate an active case of tuberculosis.

The TB testing plan was announced after news that one student at JD, unidentified, tested positive for the bacterial disease more than a week ago. That student is said to be recovering at home.

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