Health Department Expands Lee High School TB Investigation

Posted at 3 p.m.

The Health Department is expanding the tuberculosis (TB) contact investigation that was initiated at Robert E. Lee High School in June after three individuals in the school were diagnosed with active TB disease.

The Health Department now recommends screening and testing for TB infection for all 2012-2013 students, faculty and support staff. In addition, approximately 20 others have been identified as meeting the Health Department’s exposure criteria, which is based on having spent a significant amount of time in the school on multiple occasions and in places where TB transmission may have occurred during the 2012-2013 school year.

While there is no ongoing transmission of TB at Lee High School and the vast majority of the Lee High School community was not at high risk of exposure to TB, the Health Department — out of an abundance of caution — concluded that the expansion is prudent based on multiple factors that included higher-than-expected skin test positivity rate among those who have been tested so far. This expanded level of testing will ensure that everyone who may have been exposed to TB is identified.

The Health Department, in coordination with Fairfax County Public Schools, sent approximately 1,900 letters on July 19 to inform the school community.

The Health Department recommends that only individuals who received a letter plan to attend one of the special clinics that will be held at Lee High School on the dates listed below.

Because the TB test is a two-step process, it is important that when selecting a date for the skin test, the individual is also able to return on the corresponding date for a health care worker to determine whether the test is positive or negative. Returning any other time will require that the skin test be repeated.

TB Testing Schedule at Lee High School

  • Skin Test:  Saturday, Aug. 3, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Return for Results:  Monday, Aug. 5, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Skin Test:  Saturday, Aug. 3, 12-6 p.m.
    Return for Results:  Tuesday, Aug. 6, 8 a.m. -12 p.m.
  • Skin Test:  Monday, Aug. 5, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Return for Results:  Wednesday, Aug. 7, 12-4 p.m.
  • Skin Test:  Tuesday, Aug. 6, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Return for Skin Test:  Thursday, Aug. 8, 12-4 p.m.
  • Skin Test:  Saturday, Aug. 10, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Return for Results:  Monday, Aug. 12, 12-4 p.m.

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4 responses to “Health Department Expands Lee High School TB Investigation”

  1. says :

    Where is Lee High School please?

  2. Andrew M. Ferguson says :

    Why were school bus drivers for Lee HS not notified? We are transporting students daily, are in the school for lunch , snacks, bathrooms, and many attend sports events etc. sitting with the student body.

    • Fairfax County Emergency Information says :


      The Health Department, through the course of its investigation, determined that bus drivers do not need to be tested. Only those individuals who were exposed to the 3 individuals who had active TB disease are at risk of exposure. Interacting with other Lee High School students does not put a person at risk of exposure because TB can only be spread by a person with active TB disease.

      During the investigation, all people who spent time with the 3 individuals who had active TB disease were considered for testing—including transportation staff—and only those who were at risk of exposure received a letter recommending screening and testing. If you have concerns, you can contact the Health Department’s call center at 703-267-3511 or contact your health care provider.

      If the investigation shows that other individuals need to be tested in the future, they will be contacted by the Health Department.