LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – FOX5 obtained a letter that says an individual at Barry and June Gunderson Middle School was diagnosed with active pulmonary tuberculosis.

“TB is a bacterial disease that can be transmitted between persons in close, repeated contact by breathing the same air over a period of time,” the letter says to school families. “TB is not transmitted through touching or handling objects.”

The Southern Nevada Health District says they are working with CCSD regarding any possible students and staff health concerns. According to the letter, they are creating a testing plan for those identified as close contacts and they could be notified starting Thursday.

TB testing will be offered at Barry and June Gunderson Middle School from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and the following Monday, April 15 for identified persons deemed by SNHD at no charge.

The second round is said to be offered at the middle school from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 7, 8 and 9.

“Parents/Guardians must be present for testing,” the letter says. “Testing conducted prior to the testing window date may result in the need for repeat testing. Please contact the SNHD for guidance.”

If an individual is not feeling well, please follow up with your local healthcare practitioner or contact the SNHD for further guidance. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the SNHD at (702) 759-1015. The phone line is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This is the second case of tuberculosis this week.

The Southern Nevada Health District confirmed they are conducting an investigation at Cambiero Elementary School after a positive TB case was identified. SNHD said close contacts have been notified of possible exposure.

The Centers for Disease Control TB Information and the SNHD TB Information provide references to the TB signs and symptoms.


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