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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
December 11, 2013

Vast High School TB Investigation Required Rapid Statewide Response

JAMA. 2013;310(22):2390. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.283220

Last year’s tuberculosis (TB) investigation in a Colorado high school outstripped local public health agencies’ response capabilities, demonstrating the importance of state emergency preparedness plans that can gather dozens of health workers from widespread areas to screen and treat exposed contacts.

The investigation was prompted by a student at the school in Longmont, Colorado, who was hospitalized in late December 2011 after 2 months of cough, fever, and night sweats. The student’s treatment regimen with 4 TB drugs ended in September 2012. One member of the student’s household was diagnosed with TB disease and 4 others had latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection.