Officials have confirmed an active case of pulmonary tuberculosis at Austin High School, and say they’re working to make certain that students and staff are protected:

They went on to state that the individual is currently being treated and there is no further risk of exposure at the school.   Mower County Public Health has determined which students and staff have had significant exposure to

TB and arranged screenings for those people.

The state Health Department says TB is a serious disease that occurs in two phases, latent infection and the active disease. Active TB disease most often affects the lungs, but can involve any part of the body. TB is transmitted through the air, and extended close contact with someone with infectious TB disease is typically required for the disease to spread.