- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) - Jefferson County health officials are responding to a case of tuberculosis at Homewood High School.

Homewood City Schools Superintendent Bill Cleveland says staff will offer voluntary TB test for students and staff on Wednesday after a freshman tested positive for the disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tuberculosis is a bacterial infection that usually targets the lungs, but may also impact other areas of the body. The virus usually spreads through the air when someone carrying it in their lungs or throat coughs, sneezes or spits and someone nearby inhales the bacteria.

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