Imagine Prep confirms tuberculosis case

School officials at Imagine Preparatory charter school, 14850 N. 156th Ave., are confirming a case of tuberculosis.

Principal Chris McComb sent a letter to parents on April 9 to inform them about the disease, but neither school officials nor the Maricopa County Department of Public Health has said whether the infected person is a student or a staff member.

“Tuberculosis is contagious, but it is not a highly contagious disease, and this is not an emergency situation,” Mr. McComb’s letter to parents read.

The letter, which was sent to parents of multiple schools in the Imagine chain, said students and staff who think they could have been exposed to the disease will be screened.

Public Health officials met with parents the day after the letter was sent out to answer questions they had.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported tuberculosis is caused by bacteria and spread through the air from one person to another. Symptoms include a persistent bad cough, chest pain and coughing up blood.

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