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Free tests offered after tuberculosis reported at Sickles High in Tampa

TAMPA — A Sickles High School student has contracted tuberculosis, prompting Hillsborough County health and school officials to offer free testing and an information session for parents.

The student is recovering and is not a health risk, officials said Wednesday. The case was confirmed through lab testing and reported to the Health Department on April 26.

School officials are notifying students and staffers who need testing.

Testing is not necessary for people who had minimal contact with the student, said Jylmarie Lewis, manager of the department's tuberculosis center.

Free tuberculin skin tests will be provided at Sickles on Monday at 8 a.m. Results will be ready May 12 at 8 a.m. Those who are tested must be present both days, and a follow-up test will be recommended if needed.

The Health Department also has scheduled a meeting for parents in the Sickles auditorium at 6 p.m. Thursday to provide more information and answer questions.

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