More students to be tested for TB

LILBURN -- More Lilburn Middle School students will under go tuberculosis testing after a second person tested positive for the communicable disease.

In February, about 175 children and faculty were tested after a student was found to have the disease. Those tests revealed a second, non-infectious case.

While that case does not appear to be related to the first case, health officials are planning to screen all of the sixth-grade students who had not been a part of the first round, according to a letter sent home with students Monday.

"We'd rather be proactive," said Suleima Salgado, spokeswoman for the East Metro Health District, pointing out that tuberculosis is spread only through close, long-term contact.

The skin test will be performed free of charge at the school, and parents will be provided with a consent form, the letter added. The permission slips are due by Friday, when health officials will be at the school for the testing.

"The health and welfare of our students and staff is important to our school community," principal Dr. Gene Taylor wrote in the letter, assuring parents that school officials would monitor the situation and provide more information when it is available.

The second phasing of testing includes 313 students and 45 staff members, Gwinnett County Public Schools spokesman Jorge Quintana said.