Akron school district tests for tuberculosis after diagnosis

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – A northeast Ohio school is opening during its spring break so that students and staff can get health care screenings after a person associated with the school district was diagnosed with tuberculosis.

Summit County Public Health on Tuesday confirmed that a person associated with Akron Public Schools has been diagnosed with the disease.

The Jennings Community Learning Center, which serves middle-school students in the Akron district, is opening this week to offer free skin testing to look for signs of exposure to tuberculosis.

Officials haven’t released details about the person diagnosed or the person’s connection to the district.

Officials say there’s a low chance of the airborne respiratory illness spreading from person to person, though it can be transmitted through coughing if people share air space for a long period.

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