• Health Department Returns to Local School for Follow-Up Tuberculosis Testing

     The Allegheny County Health Department will return to Pittsburgh South Hills 6-8 on Tuesday, April 28th, to conduct re-testing of students and staff who were tested in February for Tuberculosis (TB). No active cases were found in the initial testing, but a re-test is standard procedure to ensure that no one has converted to positive status. Read the joint press release issued by the ACHD and Pittsburgh Public Schools here.  
     
    Brashear and South Hills TB Skin Testing - Monday, February 23, 2015
    On Monday, February 23 South Hills students that were unable to have their prior TB skin test read last week received a TB skin retest. In addition, Brashear students with consent forms received a TB skin test. Test results will read Thursday, February 26th. 
     
    Brashear or South Hills students that missed their TB skin test or retest on Monday, February 23 but would still like to receive a TB skin test can visit their private health care provider, a local medical express center or one of the Allegheny County Health Department's clinics. 
     

    Oakland Immunization Walk-in Clinic 

    3441 Forbes Avenue

    Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Oakland) 

    Hours of Operation: 

    Monday, Tues., Thurs., and Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday: 1 to 8 p.m.

     

    Walk-in TB Clinic 

    3901 Penn Ave.

    Clack Health Center, Bldg. 1

    Pittsburgh, PA 15201 (Lawrenceville)

    Hours of Operation: 

    Monday, Tuesday, and Friday:

    9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

     

    Notification of TB Skin Test Results 

    Families will receive notification of their child's test results one of the following ways depending on the result of the test.  
    • Parents of students with a negative reading will receive the results of the test in a sealed envelope the afternoon of the reading from their child after school. 
    • Parents of students with a positive reading will be contacted by phone by a member of the Allegheny County Health Department the afternoon of the reading and will receive the results of the test in a sealed envelope from their child after school. Families with questions regarding their child's test results should contact the school nurse by calling the main office of the school. 
    A positive TST (TB Screening test) does not mean that a person has tuberculosis disease. A positive test only means that a person has been infected by the TB germ. Not everyone infected with the TB germ becomes sick. If the test is positive, further evaluation, including a chest x-ray, will be performed to rule out or diagnose TB. 

    If a person has a positive skin test but is not sick with active TB, he or she is not contagious. Symptoms of TB disease include weight loss, fever, night sweats and a cough that lasts longer than three weeks. Most people who are coughing during this time of year have a virus such as the common cold or the flu.
     

    South Hills TB Skin Test Reading took place Thursday February 19th although school was canceled

    Thursday February 19th, students could visit Brashear High School's auditorium to have their TB skin test read by the Allegheny County Health Department from 9:00 a.m.  to 12:00 am and 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

    Families that were unable to get their child's TB skin test read Thursday, February 19th were advised to visit a health professional or a Allegheny County Health Department location by the afternoon of Friday, February 20th.  

    Results read by a private health care professional should be faxed to the County health department at 412-578-8300 attention Sharon Sylvestri. If a child does not receive a reading by Friday afternoon, they will need to be retested.   

    Transportation was provided to students that received the TB skin test on Tuesday, February 17th. Students that ride the bus will be picked up at their normal bus stop and pick up time. If your student walks, we are asking that parents have them report to school for the reading by 9:00 am. Parents can also bring their child to Brashear's auditorium between 9:00 and 11:00  tomorrow morning. Students will be returned home to their normal bus stop after the reading is completed. It is anticipated that all children will arrive home no later than 11:30 a.m.

    Parents choosing not to send their child to have their TB skin test reading tomorrow are asked to have their child checked by a health professional no later than Friday afternoon February 20th. Results should be faxed to the County health department at 412-578-8300 attention Sharon Sylvestri.
     
    If a child does not receive a reading by Friday afternoon, they will need to be retested. 
     
    Allegheny County Health Department Alerts District of Confirmed Case of Tuberculosis 

    The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has notified the Pittsburgh Public Schools that a confirmed case of tuberculosis (TB) has impacted a student of the Pittsburgh South Hills 6-8 school community. Because of confidentiality laws, the individual cannot be identified. Although the student is not currently at school, the District and Health Department is proactively notifying faculty, staff as well as parents and families of the case.

    With the assistance of the student’s family and District staff, ACHD has begun identifying individuals who might have been exposed to this individual and will contact those at risk. This afternoon, ACHD and District staff met with the faculty and staff of Pittsburgh South Hills as well as Pittsburgh Concord and Pittsburgh Brashear High School.

    A parent meeting was held Tuesday February 10th, at 5:30 p.m. in the Pittsburgh Brashear High School auditorium. Dr. Karen Hacker, District Superintendent Linda Lane and staff were on hand to answer questions. This meeting was not open to the general public, or media, but Dr. Hacker and Dr. Lane were available for the press prior to and following the meeting.

    Free TB Testing

    The Allegheny County Health Department held a free TB screening test for Pittsburgh South Hills students on Tuesday, February 17th. Testing of Brashear students will occur on Monday, February 23rd. The screening is a test called TST and does not require blood to be drawn. Screening will only be conducted with parent/guardian consent.
     
    Once a TB skin test is given, the test must be read within 48 to 72 hours by a health professional. Free TB skin test readings will take place for South Hills students on the afternoon of Thursday, February 19th. Free TB skin test readings for Brashear students will occur on Thursday, February 26th. If TB skin test reading dates change due to weather related closures or delays, families will be notified. 
    For more information about Tuberculosis, please see resources below or visit: http://www.achd.net/infectd/tbclinic.html