- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) - More than 1,000 students and staff at Homewood High School in suburban Birmingham are awaiting results of tuberculosis tests after a freshman tested positive for the disease.

School officials say around 85 percent of the student body was tested for the potentially serious infectious disease that mostly affects the lungs.

Jefferson County health officials administered the first part of the two-part test Wednesday. Officials will give the second portion Friday.

Not all students exposed to TB will develop an active case and health officials say those who do contract the disease can be treated.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TB is caused by germs spread through the air between people.

Students will be on spring break next week.

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