Tuberculosis Present at Waynesville School

WAYNESVILLE, Mo.-- Waynesville Superintendent Brian Henry is convinced neither hallways nor classrooms would put people in a close enough proximity to the student recently diagnosed with tuberculosis.

"It is only transmitted through close contact," says Henry. "There are going to be many people who didn't come in close contact with this person."

He said it took a few days after finding out about the diagnosis to formulate a plan. 

"We became aware of it just a couple of days ago through the health department. They walked us through the procedures we needed to take."

Now to be safe, the Pulaski County Health Department will still be taking a few steps to prevent any possible spread. 

"[Waynesville School District is] doing everything they're supposed to,” says Department Director, Deborah Baker. "Anybody within maybe that high-risk area will be tested. But just being in the same building doesn't put a child at a higher risk."

But if that still doesn't put you at ease, there are some symptoms to look out for and some prevention methods you can take before those symptoms pop up.

"In past years it was common," Dr. Robin Trotman is an infectious disease specialist at Cox Health in Springfield. 

"Typically people are treated sufficiently,” Trotman explains. "Many years ago they had to cut it out of the lungs. So there's a lot of myths and folklore around."

Today its greatest threat is its ability to spread rapidly. 

"It can be transmitted through air currents,” he says. “So it doesn't have to be close intimate contact."

The Pulaski County Health Department says symptoms include a cough, fever, chills, night sweats, loss of appetite and weight loss.

And in the meantime, the Health Department says those in the area should take the standard precautions. 

"Basic things. Wash your hands. You could wear a mask if you had to go out in public and you think you’re ill,” says Baker. 

The school will soon have results from the tests run on close contact students. 

"We're very hopeful we won't find any other cases," says Henry.

To illustrate the frequency of this disease, KOLR10 asked for the number of TB cases reported to both the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and the Pulaski County Health Department. 

Pulaski County reported 0 active cases over the past five years and forty-seven latent cases. 

Greene County said it has treated an average of 2.8 cases of TB a year since 2012. 


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