Active tuberculosis case confirmed in individual who works in Williamsville schools

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Erie County Health Commissioner Gale Burstein confirmed Wednesday during a press conference that an active case of tuberculosis has been confirmed in an individual who works with children in Williamsville schools.

The health department has notified all of the families of children who may have been exposed. 

TB testing is being offered at all of the affected schools where students may have been exposed- Transit Middle, Williamsville South, and St. Mary’s School in Swormville.

A total of 185 students are potentially exposed.

In  2017, there were five cases of TB, 13 in 2016. The county health department tracks all cases of TB.

The Williamsville Central School District released a statement:

“The Williamsville Central School District recently was notified by the Erie County Department of Health that specific students were exposed to active tuberculosis (TB). The health department notified parents of those students by letter dated December 7. Per its protocol, parents who received the letter were instructed by the health department to have their child screened. For families that did not receive a letter from the health department, no action is needed at this time.
The district will continue to follow recommendations from the health department to insure the health and safety of students and staff.”

For information on the Erie County Department of Health’s Tuberculosis control program, click here. 

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