- Associated Press - Thursday, December 23, 2010

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — A southeastern Pennsylvania school tested about 200 students for tuberculosis after one of its students was exposed to someone with the bacterial infection.

Officials in the Chester Upland School District say tests show about 20 students at its Science and Discovery High School carry the germ but don’t have an active infection. That’s called latent TB.

The state health department says latent TB is fairly common. About 5 to 10 percent of the population carries the germ.

The students who tested positive will have follow-up chest X-rays and will be encouraged to take an anti-tuberculosis medication. The students with latent TB are not contagious.

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