Two people from Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, have been diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB), the school system announced Monday.
Officials did not specify whether the affected individuals were students or staff members. Both individuals are being treated, and officials says there's no additional risk for exposure.
But out of an abundance of caution, the school system is working with health professionals to offer screenings.
Tuberculosis, a bacterial illness, is spread through the air, usually by coughing or sneezing. TB can't transmitted by touch or by sharing eating utensils. It responds well to proper medical treatment, officials said.
It usually takes at least eight hours of close contact in a small room for TB transmission to occur, according to a press release from Prince George's County Public Schools.
"We are working expeditiously to provide information, screening, and any additional follow up to maintain the health and wellness of the Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School community, “ said Ms. Pamela Creekmur, Health Officer.
Parents can call the Prince George's County Health Department's TB Control Program at 301-583-3110 for more information.