FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2015
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers (PFT400) President Nina Esposito-Visgitis issued the following statement in response to the Allegheny County Health Department’s (ACHD) confirmation that a student at South Hills Middle School has tested positive for tuberculosis (TB):
PFT400 is working with the District and the Allegheny Health Department to ensure the safety and well-being of all students and staff by working to identify those who may have been exposed to TB germs. While the risk of transmission of TB is low, we are taking this seriously. We encourage parents to attend tonight’s informational meeting and we encourage students and staff who believe they were exposed to TB germs to get tested.
PFT400’s thoughts are with the student and his/her family. We wish the student a speedy recovery and that the rest of his/her family remains healthy.
This case and the recent outbreaks of measles and mumps is a reminder that we all need to be vigilant about our health. That means staying current with the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations regarding immunizations. Our teachers, paraprofessionals and healthcare workers are on the frontlines of maintaining the health and safety of our community and can be at an increased risk of exposure to dangerous diseases. Vaccinations are an essential weapon in deterring the spread of communicable diseases. Therefore, we encourage all our members to consult with their healthcare providers on possible boosters and reimmunizations and urge guardians to keep their children’s vaccinations up to date.
For more information about tuberculosis, visit the Center for Disease Control’s website: http://www.cdc.gov/tb/default.htm.
PFT400 is a union of professionals working to help our children learn, grow, and succeed in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Founded in 1935, PFT400 has been a leader in educational innovation and change in our public schools.