TB Scare Prompts Testing

TB Scare Prompts Testing
By: Wes Wallace

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - It's not necessarily the kind of test school kids want to take.  This Friday students and staff at Franklin Elementary in Cape Girardeau will get free tuberculosis tests.  That's because the district says an employee at the school was diagnosed with active pulmonary TB.
"We didn't want to take any chances, so we're doing the testing as a service and a precaution," said Superintendent David Scala.
The school will hold an informational meeting Thursday at 4:00 p.m. to allow parents to ask questions of health and school officials.
"I think it's a great idea," said Richard Cooper, a parent of a first grader. "I was a little concerned at first, but I'm really glad they're letting us know and doing something about it."
Parents must allow their children to get the TB skin test.  The results should be available on Monday.