Multiple Tuberculosis Cases Confirmed at Fairfax County School

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A "How to Stop Tuberculosis" chart at Fairfax County Health Department briefing on TB outbreak at Lee High School in Springfield. (Credit: Cameron Thompson/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

A “How to Stop Tuberculosis” chart at Fairfax County Health Department briefing on TB outbreak at Lee High School in Springfield. (Credit: Cameron Thompson/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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SPRINGFIELD, Va. (CBSDC) — A tuberculosis outbreak at a Fairfax County high school may have exposed the deadly disease to hundreds of people, officials say.

The Fairfax County Health Department is investigating a string of tuberculosis cases confirmed at Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, school officials said during a news conference at the school Thursday evening.

Three TB cases have been confirmed at Lee High School, health and school officials said. Two were confirmed this month and one was confirmed in December, leading health officials to investigate if more people are carrying the bacterial disease.

In addition to students and staff from the school possibly being exposed to the disease, health officials are concerned the families of those who attend and work at the school also may be at risk.

The county school system and health department have sent letters to more than 400 families they want to test for the disease that attacks the lungs and can be fatal if it’s not treated quickly.

Free screenings for TB will be offered at Lee High School starting Friday.

WNEW’s Cameron Thompson contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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