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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | January 9, 2012
The Pennsylvania Department of Health made available Monday the results of tuberculosis testing completed for 200 people at Chambersburg Area Senior High School. The school and health department informed families last week of a confirmed case of pulmonary tuberculosis. By letter, it recommended certain students from the school's population of 2,600 be tested Friday. Four registered nurses from the Pennsylvania Department of Health performed skin tests at the school, district spokeswoman Catherine Dusman said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | January 4, 2012
Up to 200 students at Chambersburg Area Senior High School will be tested for pulmonary tuberculosis on Friday because a case of the bacterial infection has been confirmed in someone at the school. Parents of the school's 2,600 students received letters on Wednesday after school officials met with members of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, which will conduct the testing. Some of the families received letters describing the situation, while 150 to 200 others received copies with an additional section saying their child might have been exposed and can be tested with parental consent.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | June 10, 2006
HAGERSTOWN Four people at South Hagerstown High School have tested positive for tuberculosis, but a health department official said that all four previously have tested positive for the disease and that early indications show no transmissions occurred as a result of contact at the school. Altogether, 158 people were tested for tuberculosis, said Rod MacRae, public information officer for the Washington County Health Department. MacRae said he did not know whether the four people who tested positive were students or staff members, but he tried to allay any fears.
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November 30, 1999
As many as 200 students and a handful of staff members might have been exposed to tuberculosis by an individual with a confirmed case of the disease at South Hagerstown High School, health department and school officials said Tuesday. Read the full story in Wednesday's Herald-Mail newspapers.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | September 6, 2006
HAGERSTOWN More than half of the students and staff at South Hagerstown High School who were tested for tuberculosis in June are being asked to be tested again for the disease. In May, Washington County Health Department officials said one person was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and as many as 200 students and some staff members might have been exposed. Soon after testing 158 of those who could have been affected, officials said four people at the high school tested positive for tuberculosis.
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By ERIN JULIUS | December 29, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - City Hospital officials on Thursday notified almost 900 former patients that they might have been exposed to tuberculosis. Officials sent notification letters in Thursday's mail, said Teresa McCabe, vice president of marketing and development for West Virginia University Hospitals-East. As many as 60 hospital employees also might have been exposed to tuberculosis, commonly known as TB, McCabe said. A hospital employee who worked on the seventh-floor obstetrics unit was diagnosed Nov. 29 with tuberculosis, McCabe said.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | June 1, 2006
HAGERSTOWN About 140 people at South Hagerstown High School were tested Wednesday for tuberculosis. The results of those tests will be known Friday. On Wednesday night, a group of nervous parents who gathered at the high school wanted to know if their children would get sick. The Washington County Health Department gave a short presentation and answered questions for a group of about 25 people. As many as 200 students and some staff members might have been exposed to tuberculosis through one person who was diagnosed with the disease - which can cause coughing, fever, chest pain and weight loss.
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By ERIN JULIUS | December 28, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. ? City Hospital officials on Thursday notified almost 900 former patients that they might have been exposed to tuberculosis. Officials sent notification letters in Thursday's mail, said Teresa McCabe, vice president of marketing and development for West Virginia University Hospitals-East. As many as 60 hospital employees also might have been exposed to tuberculosis, commonly known as TB, McCabe said. A hospital employee who worked on the seventh-floor obstetrics unit was diagnosed Nov. 29 with tuberculosis, McCabe said.
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January 2, 1998
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer A Career Studies Center teacher who was suspected of having tuberculosis does not have the disease, Washington County health officer Robert Parker said Friday. Initial tests on the teacher revealed a bacteria that was similar to tuberculosis, but final tests on the man showed he did not have the disease, Parker said. Officials first reported Nov. 20 that the teacher may have contracted the disease after a specimen of his body fluid was analyzed.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | September 7, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - More than half of the students and staff at South Hagerstown High School who were tested for tuberculosis in June are being asked to be tested again for the disease. In May, Washington County Health Department officials said one person was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and as many as 200 students and some staff members might have been exposed. Soon after testing 158 of those who could have been affected, officials said four people at the high school tested positive for tuberculosis.
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November 30, 2012
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has named Dr. Josef Coresh the inaugural recipient of the George W. Comstock Professorship in Epidemiology. The professorship honors the legacy of Dr. George Comstock, a physician and professor emeritus at the Bloomberg School, according to a news release from the school. Comstock was a distinguished epidemiologist who conducted seminal research on tuberculosis control and treatment, in addition to cancer, heart disease and lung disease.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | January 9, 2012
The Pennsylvania Department of Health made available Monday the results of tuberculosis testing completed for 200 people at Chambersburg Area Senior High School. The school and health department informed families last week of a confirmed case of pulmonary tuberculosis. By letter, it recommended certain students from the school's population of 2,600 be tested Friday. Four registered nurses from the Pennsylvania Department of Health performed skin tests at the school, district spokeswoman Catherine Dusman said.
LIFESTYLE
January 6, 2012
A reported case of tuberculosis at an area high school has made headlines. Tuberculosis, or TB, bacteria are spread through the air.  When a person with active TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, or speaks, people nearby might breathe in these bacteria and become infected. Facts about TB:  Latent TB infection.  When a person is exposed to (breathes in) the TB germs, they may develop a latent TB infection. People with latent TB have no symptoms and can't pass the germ.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | January 4, 2012
Up to 200 students at Chambersburg Area Senior High School will be tested for pulmonary tuberculosis on Friday because a case of the bacterial infection has been confirmed in someone at the school. Parents of the school's 2,600 students received letters on Wednesday after school officials met with members of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, which will conduct the testing. Some of the families received letters describing the situation, while 150 to 200 others received copies with an additional section saying their child might have been exposed and can be tested with parental consent.
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By MAEGAN CLEARWOOD | maegan.clearwood@herald-mail.com | June 1, 2011
The grand opening of the George W. Comstock Center for Public Health Research and Prevention on Wednesday was a tribute to its namesake, who dedicated his life to public health. The main lobby of the facility at 1100 Dual Highway was crowded with friends and admirers of the late Dr. Comstock, articles written by and about him and memorabilia from some of his research projects. Comstock, a nationally known tuberculosis researcher, died in 2007 at the age of 92. The new research center combines staffs from two units, including one that had been at the Washington County Health Department and has state-of-the-art medical equipment for research and testing funded by theNational Institutes of Health.
LIFESTYLE
January 21, 2011
Carla Freeman has been named Washington County Health Department's Employee of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2011. Freeman has been employed by the Health Department since 2008. She is a community health nurse with the Communicable Disease program. She identifies, tracks, and reports communicable disease outbreaks and works with the clinic programs that provide family planning, sexually transmitted infection, tuberculosis screening and childhood immunizations. Her selection reflects her professional skill, and her ability to work in a team setting, strengthening and encouraging others while providing high-quality patient service.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | February 1, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- Two former City Hospital patients who might have been exposed to tuberculosis last year had positive skin tests for the disease, officials said Friday. Neither were determined to be active cases, and one positive test predated the individual's visit to the hospital between April and November, the time frame that concerned hospital officials, said Dr. Diana Gaviria, Berkeley County's health officer. The second patient tested positive for tuberculosis at a health department outside Berkeley County, but Gaviria could not say Friday whether the woman was exposed to the disease at City Hospital.
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By ERIN JULIUS | December 29, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - City Hospital officials on Thursday notified almost 900 former patients that they might have been exposed to tuberculosis. Officials sent notification letters in Thursday's mail, said Teresa McCabe, vice president of marketing and development for West Virginia University Hospitals-East. As many as 60 hospital employees also might have been exposed to tuberculosis, commonly known as TB, McCabe said. A hospital employee who worked on the seventh-floor obstetrics unit was diagnosed Nov. 29 with tuberculosis, McCabe said.
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By ERIN JULIUS | December 28, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. ? City Hospital officials on Thursday notified almost 900 former patients that they might have been exposed to tuberculosis. Officials sent notification letters in Thursday's mail, said Teresa McCabe, vice president of marketing and development for West Virginia University Hospitals-East. As many as 60 hospital employees also might have been exposed to tuberculosis, commonly known as TB, McCabe said. A hospital employee who worked on the seventh-floor obstetrics unit was diagnosed Nov. 29 with tuberculosis, McCabe said.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | September 7, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - More than half of the students and staff at South Hagerstown High School who were tested for tuberculosis in June are being asked to be tested again for the disease. In May, Washington County Health Department officials said one person was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and as many as 200 students and some staff members might have been exposed. Soon after testing 158 of those who could have been affected, officials said four people at the high school tested positive for tuberculosis.
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