Possible TB Exposure At Texas High School
August 18, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Health officials say a San Antonio student with tuberculosis may have exposed more than 100 people to the disease.
Dr. Thomas Schlenker, director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, said Wednesday 105 students and staff members at Roosevelt High School were potentially exposed to TB by the infected student during the past spring semester, the San Antonio (Texas) Express-News reported.
Officials say the student began exhibiting symptoms of the infectious disease in April but did not seek medical attention until mid-July.
Parents and staff have been notified of the incident. The 105 people who may have been exposed have been contacted to arrange for TB tests.
“We just want to assure parents that the students are coming back to a safe and healthy environment,” district spokeswoman Chrissie Kolb said.
Schlenker said between 80 and 100 active TB cases are reported each year in San Antonio.