TB Case Reported at Largo Charter School
The adult employee at Mavericks High Charter School may have exposed 100 people to the disease, and staff and parents of students have been notified of the situation.
The Pinellas County Health Department is investigating a case of tuberculosis in an employee of Mavericks High Charter School in Largo, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
According to the Times:
Staff and parents of students enrolled at the 423-pupil Largo campus were notified about the situation in letters that were sent out starting on Wednesday.
The school employee, who was not named, may have exposed 100 people to the disease, health officials confirmed Friday afternoon.
The most recent exposure took place in late June, though the worker with TB had contact with the same individuals for six months prior to that, health officials said.
Dr. Claude Dharamraj, director of the Pinellas County Health Department, emphasized that there is no TB outbreak or reason for alarm.
“We are just investigating one case, in one school,” Dharamraj said. There is “no outbreak and no panic.”
The health department also is offering free TB testing to any Pinellas County school student or staff member, regardless of whether he or she was exposed to the virus, starting Monday at the following locations:
- St. Petersburg Center, 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, 824-6900
- Pinellas Park Center, 6350 76th Ave. N. 547-7780
- Mid County Office, 8751 Ulmerton Rd. 524-4410
- Largo Center, 12420 130th Ave. N. 588-4040
- Tarpon Springs Center, 301 South Disston Ave. 942-5457