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Many Students Still Not Tested for Tuberculosis

Many Students Still Not Tested for Tuberculosis

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Only about one third of students potentially exposed to tuberculosis in Provo have gone in for recommended tests.

The Utah County Health Department sent out letters two weeks ago to about 250 students at Provo High School after a student at the school was diagnosed with the respiratory disease.

Utah County Health Department spokesman Lance Madigan says between graduations and vacations it's been hard getting students to come in.

The health department is offering the tests for free and it takes about a half hour.

Health officials say it's not the same strain of the disease that has made the news after an Atlanta man traveled to Europe with a drug resistant form of TB.

Students from Provo High who have received the letters will also need to have follow up tests in a few months.


Information from: The Daily Herald.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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