TB tests conducted at city school after case is reported

March 21, 2004

After learning that an education student who observed classes at Rosemont Elementary School had tuberculosis, Baltimore health officials plan to test all pupils and staff at the west-side school.

By the end of tomorrow, all 325 pupils and 48 staff members will have been tested for the disease, said Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Peter L. Beilenson. Results will be available by Thursday.

Officials said the Coppin State University education student observed a first-grade class during October and November. She was found to have TB at the end of January, but didn't tell health officials until March 16 that she had been working at the school. The patient is being treated and is recovering, Beilenson said.

Beilenson said it is unlikely that any of the school's pupils or staff members have been infected. Given that exposure occurred four months ago, symptoms of active TB would probably have emerged, he said.

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