(Cushing) –  The Payne County Health Department has announced that it will offer expanded tuberculosis (TB) testing beginning Monday.   The skin tests will be offered for Cushing High School Students, Faculty and staff.  

For the past two weeks, health department officials have been investigating a case of active TB in a student who attended Cushing High School. “Those persons at highest risk of exposure have been tested and about 64 percent were found to have a positive skin test, which simply means those individuals were exposed to TB and their bodies have developed an immune response to it,” said Annette O’Connor, administrative director of the Payne County Health Department.

    As a precautionary measure, health department staff will be providing TB skin testing for Cushing High School students, faculty and staff in the high school lobby for three days — Monday through Wednesday, June 22-24, from 10 am to 6 pm.  Those who are tested will need to return to have their skin tests read between 48 and 72 hours after the test is done to evaluate the results. Health department staff will be at the school on Thursday through Saturday, June 25-27, from 10 am to 6 pm to read testing results.

    “Thus far in our investigation we have confirmed only one case of active TB,” said O’Connor. TB is easily treated and completely curable, so the public should not be alarmed.”
    For more information, contact the Payne County Health Department at (918) 225-3377 or visit these Web sites: www.health.ok.gov and https://www.cdc.gov/tb/.