Testing for tuberculosis (TB) among students and staff at Gig Harbor High School has turned up no new cases, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department announced Friday.
Testing was prompted by one student who was recently diagnosed with the lung disease. That student is not attending classes and won’t return to school until there is no longer a public health concern, a department news release stated.
The majority of students and teachers identified with the highest risk — because they shared a classroom with the affected student — received a skin test for tuberculosis earlier this week.
Initial results show no additional exposure among the 103 students and four teachers. The health department will conduct a second round of testing May 31. An eight-week follow up test is a standard health practice in the event of possible TB exposure, the department said.