A student at Pittsburgh Arsenal 6-8 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, according to WTAE-TV.
Health officials have confirmed that the student has active tuberculosis, and is in the process of identifying individuals who have had contact with the im order to test them to see if they too have been infected.
WTAE-TV notes that “TB is an infectious bacterial disease that is spread only through the air from one person to another. TB cannot be spread through food or drink, through clothing, or through skin contact, such as shaking hands or hugging. Also, it cannot be spread via surfaces.
The only way to contract the disease is to be extremely close to an infected person when they cough, sneeze, sing, or talk, and you breathe in the bacteria.”