TB Cases at Schools

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

The Bowling Green Independent School District and Barren River Health Department announced a local child has been diagnosed with tuberculosis.

The child, whose name is being withheld, attends Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School.

The board was notified of the child's condition late Monday afternoon and immediately took action to determine if any of nearly 100 students could have contracted the disease from the person.

The announcement came on the heels of Western Kentucky University's own case of TB.

The Western student lives off-campus but school officials are giving free testing to those who came in repeated contact with the person.

According to WKU Director of Health Services, Libby Greaney, Western's role is to cooperate with the District Health Department and follow Center of Disease Control guidelines.

Greaney also notes that they are contacting students’ classmates and professors that we consider a part of their contact list.

Officials from the Barren River Health Department note the two outbreaks are unrelated.

Parker-Bennett-Curry is sending two letters home to parents.

One letter is for the parents of students who were in close contact with the child and the other letter is to notify all other parents of the situation.

The student is expected to make a full recovery but the school says it will educate its students on the disease.

Warren County Interim Superintendent Joe Tinius says before the child returns to school, the school will work with the children in the classroom to help support the child when they return to school. They will provide the children with some general information to help them ask the right questions and give the proper encouragement when they return.


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