Nutley H.S. employee comes down with tuberculosis; students, workers tested

Nearly 300 students and employees at Nutley High School are being tested for tuberculosis after an employee came down with the disease.

Health officials notified the principal on September 8 that an employee had TB. A letter was sent home to parents and a second letter was sent last week to parents of students who had close contact with the employee. Those students are the ones being tested.

The tests are being done at the high school by the Nutley health department and the school nurse. While some parents thought all students at the school should be tested, health officials told the school testing all 1,400 students would be cumbersome and unnecessary.

The principal says the infected employee, whose name has not been released, remains on sick leave. The test results are expected to be back Friday.

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