Tuberculosis Scare at Buffalo School

October 28, 2011 Updated Oct 28, 2011 at 6:15 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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October 28, 2011 Updated Oct 28, 2011 at 6:15 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW ) - One person tested positive for Tuberculosis at BUILD Academy Buffalo School # 91. Now, the district and the Erie County Health Department are taking action.

The school and health department has sent home letters with the children informing parents about the disease. They've also tested about 50 children. Health officials said that testing positive does not mean the disease is active or contagious, but they are offering people chest x-rays, complete physicals and antibiotics.

Health officials warn that even if you test negative you are not in the clear. It could take up to 10 weeks for someone who may have been exposed to develop a positive test.

Officials don't want parents to panic because the disease is not as easily transmitted as people think.

"It takes actually a prolonged period of time to transmit so what we try to find is who's been with the person in a confined space for more than 8 hours," Commissioner of the Erie County Health Department Anthony Billittier said.

The school is being disinfected to prevent more children from being exposed to the air borne illness. There are also health professionals on sight at Build Academy in case parents, teachers and students have questions.

Health officials said there is a vaccine for the disease but it isn't required in the U.S because there are not many cases. There were only 15 cases of the disease in Erie County last year.