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Meeting today following tuberculosis scare at a Jacksonville high school

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Updated: 11/14/2013 6:31 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There will be a meeting tonight at Andrew Jackson High School regarding a Tuberculosis scare.

The meeting starts at 5 p.m. Representatives from the Department of Health in Duval County will answer any questions students and parents may have.

New test results obtained from the department suggest the illness is not spreading at a the high school.

The Florida Department of Health began testing nearly 100 students and faculty after two students tested positive for the infection. One of those students was hospitalized, then released.

The Department of Health said 38 of 60 students and faculty from the school have been tested and received results.

There have been no positive screening tests.

They also said no new active cases have been identified.

A press release from the Florida Department of Health describes TB as a disease spread from person to person in close contact through the air.

They say TB germs are put in the air when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks or sings.

Persons who breathe in the air containing TB germs can become infected.
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