Nyack students exposed to person with tuberculosis

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NYACK, N.Y. — Health officials say in a letter to parents that several students at two Rockland County schools have been exposed to an individual with infectious tuberculosis.

The Journal News reports that all students who were exposed to the person at Nyack Middle and Liberty Elementary schools have been identified and given information about testing.

Parents received a letter Wednesday notifying of the exposure. Those receiving the note were told that their children were not exposed to the infected person.

It’s unclear how many people at the schools were exposed or if any have already been advised to undergo testing.

County Health Department officials say there shouldn’t be any risk of further spread of the bacterial disease.

“Since tuberculosis germs only remain in the environment for two hours, there should not be any risk of further spread of TB,” a statement from the Rockland County Health Department said.

Tuberculosis is spread through the air when an infected person sneezes, coughs or speaks near another person.

According to the most recent data from the Department of Health, there were 15 cases of tuberculosis in 2013.

This story comprises reporting from the Associated Press and PIX11 News web producer Alyssa Zauderer.