GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - The student with TB has been out of school since before the Christmas break. The health department does not know when or how the student contracted the disease. The focus now is on preventing the spread of it.
The TB bacteria is spread through the air, direct contact over an extended period of time, not through casual contact.
The Mississippi Health Department has identified about 100-150 students at Gautier High, who may have been in contact with the infected student.
As a precaution, the MS Health Department will notify and test those particular students. The testing date is January 13. The student with TB will not be allowed to return to school until he or she has fully recovered.
However, it is safe for all students and staff to return to school as scheduled on Wednesday.
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