Students and staff at Northville High School will undergo testing for tuberculosis after the Wayne County Health Department said a student had been diagnosed with an active case of the disease.
In a letter to parents on Monday, Superintendent Mary Gallagher and principal Robert Watson said the school had been informed about the case spring break.
TB is caused by bacteria that is spread person to person through the air. It usually affects the lungs but can also affect the brain, kidneys and spine. A person with TB can die if they don't get treatment.
Those who may have had a class with the student, who is not being identified, or who just have a higher exposure risk, will be given tuberculosis skin test next week when Wayne County health officials are at the school.
Where can your student be tested?
Parents of students who are not identified as being at high risk can still be tested at the Wayne County Health Department TB Clinic in Westland.
2001 South Merriman Road, Suite 300
Open Mondays and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon.