Lee High School tuberculosis cases reported

Testing for tuberculosis is underway at Robert E. Lee High School. Photo: ABC7

It was an unnerving start to the summer for some Fairfax County students and staff after a warning that they may have been exposed to tuberculosis.

Three people at Robert E Lee High School in Springfield have been diagnosed with tuberculosis this past school year—two of them in the last month. The school sent about 1,700 letters to all students and staff, warning about the TB cases.

“I was really surprised. I didn’t think that was something I’d have to worry about,” said Preston Taylor, who graduated from high school this year.

Michelle Zeck, whose son just graduated from the school, got the letter.

"It's very unnerving, because there’s so many people there, and then just so many people can contract the disease," Zeck said. "I didn’t like it. It’s scary.”

Her son does not need to be tested, but the health department sent a letter to about 400 others who had contact with the three people diagnosed with the disease.

Bethany Cubbage just graduated and has a newborn.

“We were all at graduation together so there was lots and lots of people at graduation together so one person or a couple of people could've had it and spread it to a lot of people at graduation,” she says.