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1 case of active Tuberculosis prompts testing for 134 connected to Montgomery's Lee H.S.

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Authorities are sending out letters to more than 100 people following confirmation that one person at Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery was recently diagnosed with an active case of tuberculosis.

An investigation determined the people who were in closest contact to the unidentified student includes 127 fellow classmates and 7 staff members.

As of Friday there is only one person known to be sick with an active case of TB disease. Health officials say they should know by the middle of next week if they need to expand testing beyond the 134 people they've mailed notification letters.

Testing began on Friday at the Montgomery County Health Department. Tests will be read on Monday, July 1. The process will be repeated on August 2 and 5.

The need for expanded testing would only take place if a high number of the contacted people are infected.

Tuberculosis is treatable and preventable. Authorities say those who may have been infected can prevent the disease from becoming active IF they know that they've been infected.

WSFA 12 News is speaking with representatives with the Alabama Department of Public Health at this time. We'll have more information in each of our evening newscast.

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