Public Health to Test 100+ Contacts of UMS Teacher Who Had TB

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Guam – The Department of Education has identified the students and employees who may have been in close contact with an Untalan Middle School teacher who died as a result of active tuberculosis last week.

DOE Deputy Superintendent Robert Malay tells PNC that about 100 students and seven adults were identified to be at risk of developing TB after being in close proximity to the teacher on a regular basis.

Everyone at the school has been notified that the teacher had TB and Malay says the close contacts were given a letter to be tested.

The Department of Public Health will provide testing on the school’s campus this Friday but minors will need to have a consent form signed by their parents before they can be tested.

Friday’s results will be read next Monday and Malay says further action will be determined based on the results.

“A lot will depend on what comes out of the screening,” Malay explained. “So if they have any positive reactors then they’ll have to proceed with whatever course of action is necessary that might mean additional testing, chest x-ray, what have you. And it also might then dictate a bigger spectrum of folks that will need testing.”

Malays says the teacher did begin teaching at the start of the school year, after providing DOE with a negative TB screening result in July.