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DCHD confirms case of tuberculosis at Omaha Benson High School

Posted at 3:24 PM, Nov 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-30 23:48:47-05

The Douglas County Health Department confirms a case of tuberculosis at Omaha Benson High School with 193 students and 12 staff members to be tested there.  

Department say 193 students and 12 staff members will take a TB test after learning a student at  Benson high has the bacteria.

The health department says they were notified when the students had symptoms of TB 10 days ago.

Doctors and officials with the Douglas county health department says symptoms of TB are weakness, fever, night sweats, coughing up blood.

Notification went out to parents on Monday.

Officials said the entire student body was contacted to let them know to be transparent and let them know that there was a student at Benson High.

The only students and staff who will be offered free testing to are those that were in the same classroom as those students affected.

Those students and staff will be tested next Tuesday, free of charge.

The heath departments said there’s not an alarm to be worried, it’s hard to catch TB unless you are directly in contact with the student.

But some Benson High School students are a little concerned with the tuberculosis.

"It's a little scary I've never really dealt with that," said senior Trenton Erickson.

He's worried about possibly getting the bacteria because he just got over a cold himself.

"I just got over being sick with the stomach flu and out of a car accident about a month ago so, it's pretty crazy, lost a lot of school because of it and now we have this going on," said Erickson.

Parents are invited to a meeting Thursday at 6:30pm at Benson High School and ask questions.

To learn more about TB click here: http://www.douglascountyhealth.com/disease-a-immunization/tuberculosis-tb

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