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Metro Public Health investigating case of tuberculosis at Cane Ridge HS

Posted at 11:14 AM, Nov 28, 2018

The Metro Public Health Department is investigating a case of tuberculosis involving a student at Cane Ridge High School. 

The department said Wednesday that the child is currently being held out of school and is being treated. 

According to health officials, the potential spreading of the germ to others is low, as is the infectioness of the child. 

"The likelihood of any spread is extremely low. In fact, over the past two decades when we've investigated these and responded to these, we have not had one case that spread from a person to another person at a school," Metro Public Health Department Spokesperson Brian Todd said. 

Even though the risk for others being exposed is low, anyone who’s come in contact with the child is being fully evaluated. 

The department said there has not been one case where the disease was passed from the infected student to another student or staff. 

The Metro Public Health Department, with help from Metro Nashville Public Schools, held an informational meeting about TB for Cane Ridge High School students and families on Wednesday night. 

Parents who attended that meeting said they weren't very concerned about the risk of more infections, but wanted to learn more about the disease and have some questions answered. 

"I just want to hear whats going on and give the school an opportunity to tell us what they're doing to keep the kids safe," Darling Chavez, a parents of a Cane Ridge student said.