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Testing for TB already common at some GF locations

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Jamestown North Dakota 121 3rd St NW 58401

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- Tuberculosis tests given to students at a Grand Forks school show most of them don't have the disease.

Two students at Phoenix Elementary recently tested positive for TB. That prompted officials to test a larger group of students and school staff members.

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The Grand Forks Public Health Department said Friday that none of the 68 tuberculosis tests showed signs of the illness. The Grand Forks Herald reports (http://bit.ly/ZMZ020 ) the group will be tested again in eight weeks.

Health officials say a family was exposed to the illness when they gave shelter to some homeless visitors.

Some Grand Forks businesses already require tuberculosis testing because the jobs require public contact. TB tests are required at the county jail, a homeless shelter and a business that provides care for senior citizens.

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