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TB testing at Elyria High School
A case of Tuberculosis at Elyria High School prompted testing of all students and staff, results will take 48 - 72 hours

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TB testing is underway today at Elyria High School after a person associated with the school was diagnosed with the disease.  Results will take up to three days, according to Dr. Paul Murray, head of the Mercy Hospital TB clinic.  Murray says TB is contagious, but not through casual contact. 

Dr. Paul Murray on TB

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He says it’s actually rather hard to become infected with TB, and the people at high risk of becoming infected, "are people living in the home."  Murray says the risk of anyone at the school that might have come in contact with the person, "is very low.” 

Murray says there is no effective vaccine for TB, that’s why all cases are closely monitored.  The Ohio department of health shows last year Lorain County had five cases of TB, and 145 cases statewide in 2011.

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