Metro Detroit high student positive for tuberculosis

Metro Detroit high school students and their parents learned a classmate has tested positive for tuberculosis.

The Utica student also attended classes at Stevenson High School in Sterling Heights. The student is no longer in school at either, and cleaning crews were disinfecting both schools Wednesday.

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that commonly attacks the lungs but can show up elsewhere in the body. The student is getting medical treatment and is not in school.

The schools remain open.

Parents were notified Wednesday evening that there was no "imminent threat" and also warned against panic.

"I am not panicking at this point," said one parent. "I feel that the school would have good measures in order."

The Macomb County Health Department is working with the schools and parents to identify anyone who could have been exposed to the student. 

They will conduct a skin testing clinic for those exposed.  The date and time for that are to be announced.

Tuberculosis can be transmitted by coughing and sneezing. symptoms are a chronic cough, fever, night sweats or weight loss but it's also possible an infected person will not present any symptoms. 

Mary Aiello's granddaughter attends Utica.

"I'm happy she got the (school's) letter and I'm happy they are doing something about it," Aiello said. "We're going to get her into the doctor right away."


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