TB case confirmed at school in Windham

Published on Thursday, 16 May 2019 18:01
Written by CLAIRE GALVIN

WILLIMANTIC Chronicle

WINDHAM - An active tuberculosis case was confirmed at the Charles H. Barrows STEM Academy in North Windham Wednesday.

Parents were informed of the outbreak in a letter sent home Wednesday. An email and telephone message regarding the case was also distributed.

“The affected individual is being treated at this time and there is no risk of additional exposure to any students or staff at this time,” the letter posted on the Barrow’s website said.

Windham Public School Public Information Officer Margaret Chatey said the school cannot release any identifying information, including what grade the student is in.

Barrows is a K-8 magnet school that accepts students from many different school districts.

Representatives from the school’s administration, local and state health departments are currently going through and identifying which students and faculty came in closest proximity with the individual.

Those people will be informed in the next week and be advised to get tested.

A free testing clinic will be held at the school May 28 and May 29 at Barrows during school hours for those individuals.

TB is an airborne disease spread from one person to another. It mainly affects the lungs. Once a chronically fatal disease, it can usually be treated through many antibiotics.

“There is no concern district-wide concern,” Chatey said. “The administration from other schools are aware, but at this point it’s limited to the Barrows community.”

More information about the case is available at cbs.windhamps.org.



Posted in New Britain Herald, State, Nation-World on Thursday, 16 May 2019 18:01. Updated: Thursday, 16 May 2019 18:03.