PSLA Fowler Syracuse students, staff to be tested after tuberculosis diagnosis

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More than 100 Syracuse City School District students and staff at PSLA at Fowler will be tested for tuberculosis after one case was identified at the school.

The Onondaga County Health Department is working with the city school district administration to select certain people who they say have come in contact with the affected person, who is now recovering at a local hospital.

“It’s an airborne bacterial infection that primarily affects the lungs. It is spread when an infected person coughs, speaks, laughs, or sneezes – many things that will have a lot of air movement,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta.

Due to patient privacy, the commission would not say if the infected person is an adult or student.

Gupta says only 5 to 10 percent of exposed people will become infected.

She emphasized that the disease is treatable and curable.

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