Fairfax Health Department investigates tuberculosis cases at Lee High School

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The Fairfax County Health Department is investigating three confirmed tuberculosis cases at Lee High School, county officials said Thursday.

About 430 families of students and staff members who might have been exposed to the infectious disease received letters from the school system this week offering a free medical screening. Potentially deadly if not treated quickly, the bacterial disease can spread through coughing, sneezing and laughter. Tuberculosis generally attacks the lungs.Health and school officials said the disease was diagnosed this month in two students at the Springfield high school after an initial case was discovered in December.

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