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12:54 PM, Jul 30, 2012   |    comments
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Pinellas County, Florida -- The Pinellas County Health Department will begin screening students and staff at an area school as a school employee is treated for an active case of tuberculosis.

Click: Pinellas County Health Department

A letter went home to parents and staff members alerting them about the case and to offer free testing.

Health Department officials are most concerned about screening those people who were in close contact with the individual for several hours at a time during a 5-6 month period.

The last known contact was in June.

Anyone who is concerned about a possible TB exposure can be screened for free.

"We want to assure you that we'll be happy to help you by offering tests whether or not they meet criteria, we want to assure those individuals we can provide testing just for verification," said Andrea Castillo, the surveillance program manager with the Pinellas County Health Department.

The Pinellas County Health Department is not naming the school at this point because of HIPPA laws that protect the person's privacy.

If it becomes necessary to release the information, we are told it will be.

To find out testing locations, call the Pinellas County Health Department at 727-824-6932.

Click: Florida Department of Heatlh: Tuberculosis

Click: CDC: Tuberculosis

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