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Olathe Northwest High School TB Outbreak Affects 28 Students and Staff

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A high school in Olathe, Kansas is reeling from a tuberculosis (TB) outbreak that has infected at least of 28 students.

Health and safety officials are scrambling to prevent the spread of TB into other schools and into the larger community. More than 300 students at Olathe Northwest High School were tested to determine how far the exposure had spread through the school.

Officials at the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment have stated that the number of cases that were diagnosed is in line with expectations.

What Parents Need to Know

TB is a serious bacterial disease that impacts the lungs. It is considered to be a rare infection. Symptoms of TB include:

  • Pain in the chest
  • Chronic cough with blood
  • Sweating
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath

Simply testing positive for tuberculosis bacteria does not necessarily mean that an individual will go onto to develop the tuberculosis disease. An individual who has simply been infected is not contagious, someone who has developed the disease from the infection, however, is contagious.

If a person does develop full TB, aggressive antibiotics are prescribed to treat the infection. Parents should carefully watch their children, because TB can take up to 8-weeks to cause active symptoms.

TB is a dangerous infections disease, and more than a million people die from the bacterial infection across the world each year.

Local Personal Injury Attorneys

If you suspect that your loved one has been harmed by this Tuberculosis outbreak, you and your family may have a personal injury lawsuit.

Depending on who is responsible for the injuries, an attorney can review your case and determine legal liability. At Peterson & Associates, P.C., our clients trust our firm’s experience and our firm’s commitment to justice.