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STUTTGART, Germany — A Patch High School student tested positive Wednesday for tuberculosis, and is receiving treatment at a Stuttgart area hospital.

The student is in stable condition and responding well to treatment, the base public affairs office said.

Health officials say the chance of the illness spreading to others in the Stuttgart community is minimal.

Immediate family and close friends of the student also are being tested as a precaution, according to the garrison. In active cases of tuberculosis, which can be transmitted through contact with coughed-up, infected mucus, the bacteria still is not highly contagious, according to health officials.

"If the family and close friends of the infected individual are not infected, then it is not likely that anyone outside the family and friends are infected," a U.S. Army Medical Department Activity- Heidelberg letter to Stuttgart parents stated.


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