Free testing will be provided at the high school 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, according to a notice from interim Superintendent Ed Branham that was sent home Friday with students and staff members. Mercy Regional Medical Center Tuberculosis Clinic staff will administer the TB tests.
The Mantoux skin test, which will be provided by Mercy personnel, is administered by an injection through the skin of the forearm that is then read by a medical professional 48 hours later. The injection will indicate whether tuberculosis is present in the body. Mercy staff members will check and provide written copies of the results Wednesday, as well as provide additional information to any person that receives a positive diagnosis.
Tuberculosis is a contagious bacterial infection that is transmitted only through prolonged close contact in a shared air space and cannot be shared by other casual means such as shared utensils, shared drinking glasses or handshakes.
More information can be obtained by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Tuberculosis Web page www.cdc.gov/tb/topic/
basics/default.htm or call the Mercy tuberculosis clinic at (440) 244-3017.