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Possible Crisp Co. TB exposures should be re-tested

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CORDELE, GA (WALB) -

News release from The Crisp County Health Department

The Crisp County Health Department is urging all those who were previously tested in May 2011 for possible tuberculosis (TB) exposure at Crisp County High School to return to the health department to be retested.

 This request is for follow up testing only for individuals who have already had their initial skin test and does not indicate any new exposure at the Crisp County High School.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, some people do not react to an initial tuberculin skin test because in general it takes 2 to 10 weeks after infection for a person to develop an immune response to tuberculin.

Persons who have recently been around someone with TB and who have a negative reaction to the tuberculin skin test should be retested 8 to 10 weeks after the last time they were exposed to infectious TB.

The Crisp County Health Department will conduct retesting on the following days and times: July 20th 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and  
July 22nd 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Please contact the Crisp County Health Department to set up an alternate testing time if you cannot return to the Crisp County Health department to be retested at the above times.

If you need to be retested and are under 18 years of age you will need to have a parent or guardian sign a consent form for you prior to being retested. If you choose to be retested at your private healthcare provider please ask them to share the results with the health department.

Please note that those who had a positive skin test during the initial testing will not need to be retested. The Crisp County Health Department offers TB testing and TB related health education materials at the health department.

Please call the Crisp County Health Department at 229-276-2680 for more information about TB services or to make an appointment to be tested.

 

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