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OFFICIALS DO NOT BELIEVE GIRL HAS PASSED ON TUBERCULOSIS

A kindergarten student appears to have tuberculosis, but health officials say it is unlikely she passed the infectious disease to any other children.

But just to be on the safe side, health officials will test the girls' classmates at Dr. King Community School, Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Lloyd Novick said Thursday.

Doctors believe the 5-year-old girl contracted the lung disease from an adult not associated with the school. Although doctors are still awaiting some tests on the girl, "it certainly looks like tuberculosis," Novick said.

The girl is recovering at home.

Tuberculosis rarely is found in young children. Last year, there were 588 cases of tuberculosis reported nationally in children ages five to 14, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

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