Two students at schools in Wellborn have tested positive for tuberculosis, a state health official said Monday, though that’s not the same thing as having tuberculosis.

“That doesn’t mean they have the disease,” said Pam Barrett, director of tuberculosis prevention for the Alabama Department of Public Health. “They’ll be offered preventive medication.”

State health officials last month tested kids at Wellborn Elementary and Wellborn High for tuberculosis, after a student at the high school was diagnosed with the disease. Of the 1,100 or so who were tested, 45 had to come back for a second round of testing after their test appeared to be positive.

Barrett said the student initially diagnosed with the disease is out of school and is doing well, while the two infected children won’t have to leave school if they begin a regimen of medication that will take about three months to complete.

Health officials will come back for another round of testing at the school in about two months, Barrett said.


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