Sheboygan Co. officials to answer concerns about TB case

SHEBOYGAN (WITI) -- Sheboygan County health officials will hold a news conference on Friday afternoon, April 26th to share information about a case of tuberculosis in a student who attends South High School.

In a letter sent home to parents, officials say the student has been excluded from school and will remain in isolation until the student is no longer infectious.

Health officials are reaching out to anyone who may have been in close contact with this student.

The Sheboygan County Division of Public Health is working closely with the State Department of Health Services and with the Sheboygan Area School District.

"In terms of the risk, at the school, we believe it's minimal, at this point in time, but we will continue to keep the community aware," said Jean Beinemann of Sheboygan County Health Services.

Students who have been in close contact with the ill person will be offered free testing and treatment. The health department sent letters home today to students who have been identified as close contacts.

In Wisconsin, approximately 70 new cases of tuberculosis disease are diagnosed each year.

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