Santa Barbara County Public Health Officials released the following information Wednesday:
A student at Santa Maria High School has been diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB).
The family, Santa Maria Joint Union School District and Santa Barbara County Public Health Department are working together to assure the ill student receives treatment and that others are screened to rule out TB infection or disease. Tuberculosis can be cured with medication.
The Public Health Department is conducting an investigation related to the ill student to identify individuals who have had close contact and may have been exposed to TB. Close contacts are tested to assure they are free of TB infection and disease.
The testing and assessment process includes skin or blood testing and potentially chest x-rays. Individuals who test positive with TB infection as a result of exposure are given medication to prevent active TB.
The goal of a contact investigation is to identify and treat active TB infection and disease as a measure for preventing the spread of the disease.
In addition to addressing the specific concerns related to this case, the School District and the Public Health Department are also interested in increasing awareness of the signs and symptoms of TB and how to prevent the disease.
A public meeting is scheduled for any member of the public who is interested in learning more about TB and the interventions being taken at Santa Maria High School.
The meeting will be held Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Santa Maria High School cafeteria.