Community Meeting to Address TB Outbreak at Grant High School

grant_high_school1DEL PASO HEIGHTS — A community meeting to address the Tuberculosis outbreak at Grant High School will be at Joe Mims Jr. Hagginwood Community Center from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, July 24.

Dr. Olivia Kasirye, Public Health Officer for Sacramento County, will attend, provide information, and answer questions for the public at the community meeting. TB is not contagious.

More than 115 students and staff members at Grant High School tested positive for latent TB since a a pupil was exposed with a case in February. The high-volume of cases has raised concerns with the community.

 

Dr. Kasirye is the health officer for El Dorado County. Previously, she was tuberculosis controller for Sacramento County. She guides policies in Sacramento County concerning TB care and protection of the public against exposure. As a designee of the county health officer, the TB controller has authority to serve orders of strict or modified isolation on individuals suspected of active TB.

Kasirye, an immigrant herself, has worked with diverse communities in various aspects of public health. She received her medical degree at Makerere University in Uganda. She later received a master’s degree in epidemiology at UC Davis and completed a residency program in public health and preventive medicine in Sacramento County.

Joe Mims/Hagginwood Center is at 3271 Marysville.For more information about the meeting, call (916) 808-7233.