Despite it being summer break, Dozens of students and staff members returned to Marietta High School Friday. They had to be tested for tuberculosis, a potentially deadly, infectious disease.
"I'm pretty scared. I don't know if I'm going to be infected or not," said Neyda Garay, a student who showed up for the free testing.
The Marietta School District confirmed Thursday that a student tested positive for the bacterial disease. The district has notified hundreds of parents whose kids may have had close contact with that student.
Molly Bible, also a senior, said Marietta Schools sent a letter to her family as well.
"It said a girl came to school with tuberculosis," Bible said. "I'm not really concerned that I have it, but I could see how it would be a concern for other people."
Christy Penn, a parent, said she is worried about her daughter, Micah, who is a 10th grader.
"(I am) very concerned. They've been in school with them in close contact all this time," Penn said.
Micah Penn said, however, she has no reason to be alarmed."I don't have any concerns as long as I'm not in school with it," Micah Penn said.
Students who were tested, like Mirakl Jackson, said it didn't hurt much. "They put a needle inside, and it pinched a little bit, but it wasn't that bad."
The results should be ready on Monday.
Click here to learn more about how to recognize tuberculosis.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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