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Green Valley H.S. Students Given Tuberculosis Tests
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Students at Green Valley High School are being tested for tuberculosis Monday.

The Southern Nevada Health District began testing after learning hundreds of students may have come in contact with a student who has an active form of the disease.

The health district is looking at any students who may have come in contact with the infected student. That total could be in the hundreds.

Classes continued as usual at the high school since the school was alerted three weeks ago.

The school sent letters home to all parents letting them know about the situation and that the testing is available to any student at the high school.

The TB test is done by injecting antibody under the student's skin.

Nurses will be back at the school in two days to see if anyone has a positive reaction to the tests. If they do, they'll be given medication that would prevent the students from getting an active form of tuberculosis.

The health district will go back to Green Valley High School in a couple of months and do another round of testing because sometimes it takes a few weeks before it shows up in someone's system.

Email your comments to Reporter Tom Ellingson.

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