Two tuberculosis cases under investigation at Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Health in Duval County is investigating two active cases of Tuberculosis at Andrew Jackson High School.

According to a release from the FDOH-Duval, the investigation began when one student was hospitalized and released after being diagnosed with tuberculosis.

One hundred students and six staff members are being tested for TB and will be treated if necessary.

FDOH representatives will be on hand to answer parents' questions at a meeting at the school on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m.

"We have been pleased with the diligence and responsiveness of the Health Department in this investigation," said Nikolai P. Vitti, Superintendent, Duval County Public Schools. "We will follow all of the procedures and protocols they identify to contribute to the well-being of our students and staff."

According to the release, TB germs can be spread into the air when an infected person sings, speaks, coughs or sneezes. Symptoms include coughing, weight loss, fever, night sweats and coughing up blood.

TB can be detected through a blood or skin test and can be cured through treatment.

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