Active tuberculosis cases confirmed in 2 Floyd County elementary schools

ROME, Ga. — Floyd County schools is warning students and parents after health officials confirmed active cases of tuberculosis at two elementary schools.

The school district posted a notice, saying the Georgia Department of Health confirmed one case each at Model Elementary and Johnson Elementary schools.

The Health Department is sending letters home Thursday with more information.

"These letters will provide further details and to help you determine if your child should be tested," the district said.


"I was shocked. You never hear (about) breakouts like that, not this local, I hope they get it fixed and under control and everyone is safe," a parent told Channel 2's Kristen Holloway. "I guess things happen. I'm glad they caught it when they did."

School officials said while the cases are concerning, the risk of becoming infected with TB is low. They also said the confirmed cases are being treated at home and are not a danger to others.

"Most of us have been exposed to TB in a Walmart or airport. It’s not easily contracted and they made me feel better. It's not like, "if I stand next to you, I'll catch it," said Superintendent Jeff Wilson. "We went through an entire sanitation process last night. It's no longer an active threat."

Wilson told Channel 2 Action News that all students and teachers will be offered the opportunity to take a complimentary TB test at Johnson Elementary next week.