HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A high school in Roanoke is testing 150 students and employees who may have been exposed to tuberculosis after a student was diagnosed with active TB.
Officials in Phoenix are also looking into a possible tuberculosis scare on board US Airways flight 2846 from Austin to Phoenix on Sunday.
Several sources are reporting a passenger with tuberculosis may have been on the flight. Arizona health officials are still investigating, saying they believe the risk of the illness spreading to the other passengers is very low.
A local tuberculosis control specialist says there is no need to worry about a spread to the valley.
Wanda Revercomb at the Harrisonburg Rockingham Health Department says TB is a disease caused by germs traveling from person to person through the air for an extended period of time, at least 8 hours.
Some symptoms include a bad cough, chest pain, feeling tired, and having a fever. Those symptoms are often confused with other illnesses.
Revercomb says there is a treatment that shouldn't disrupt life for long.
"As long as they're taking their medication and we're monitoring them them. In Virginia it's done by direct observation therapy, D.O.T., which means we physically watch somebody take their medication, so we're constantly involved in those cases," said Revercomb.
The Roanoke Health Department says they are having a meeting with parents of the Roanoke high school students Monday at 6:30 p.m.
The infected student is being treated in isolation and no other students or employees are showing signs of TB at this time.
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