Active Case of TB Reported at Benavente Middle School

It could take anywhere from 2-12 weeks to see evidence of TB infection. The release states that the TB skin test will be provided for free on Wednesday, December 16, to all identified contacts at BMS. All employee and student contacts who do not submit their TB skin test result by January 8, 2016, will be excluded from work or school.

Guam – An active case of Tuberculosis has been reported at Vicente Benavente Middle School and the Department of Public Health and Social Services and the Department of Education are working to identify all close contacts to the individual.

According to a release from DPHSS, all identified contacts will be notified by letter and provided information regarding the date of the TB screening. When a person with TB of the lung or larynx sneezes, coughs, speaks or sings, they can spread the TB causing bacteria in small air-borne particles. People cannot get infected with TB bacteria through handshakes, sitting on toilet seats, or sharing dishes and utensils with someone who has TB disease. Public Health advises persons exhibiting symptoms of the disease such as a bad cough that lasts longer than two weeks, coughing up bloody sputum, weakness or fatigue, chills, weight loss, no appetite, fever and night sweats to contact their physician. Exposure to TB does not result in TB disease immediately.
For more information you can call the TB Control Program at 735-7131/157.