Tuberculosis Case Reported at California High School


An active pulmonary tuberculosis case has been reported at a high school in Fairfield, California, a city between San Francisco and Sacramento.

Armijo High School in Solano County sent a letter to parents on Thursday with news of the case. Tuberculosis is a rare respiratory disease that attacks tissues and can be spread through the air. It is fatal if left untreated.

“We want to assure everyone that there is no ongoing risk to our school community,” Eric Tretten, the principal of the school said. “I want to assure you that students and staff are safe to continue to attend school.”

In the letter, the principal told parents the school and health officials would let them know if they believe their child should be tested.


According to the San Francisco Chronicle, state records show the school has 2,391 students.

This news comes after recent reports of an increase of tuberculosis cases brought to the U.S. by refugees. Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports show over 1,565 refugees in the U.S. have active tuberculosis.

The school did not state whether or not any students or teachers had contact with refugees. In a report DML brought you in January, California was one of several states listed by the CDC that underreported the number of tuberculosis cases in the state.

H/T:  San Francisco Chronicle

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