Lorain High School student tests positive for tuberculosis

LORAIN, Ohio - Tests for tuberculosis will be available for students and staff from a Cleveland-area high school after a student there was diagnosed with the disease.

School board president Tim Williams tells The Morning Journal that a student at Lorain High School tested positive for tuberculosis. The district notified parents in a letter Friday.

A recorded message at the Lorain County Tuberculosis Clinic indicated students and staff at the school would have access to tuberculosis testing on Monday.

It's not clear how the student became infected with what the clinic described as an active form of tuberculosis. The treatable disease is caused by bacteria that can target any part of the body and is spread between people through the air. The symptoms include coughing, chest pain, fever and weakness.

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