Tuberculosis Confirmed In 107 People Tested In Ennis

By Iris Bekker, KRLD 1080

ENNIS (CBSDFW.COM) – The tuberculosis scare affecting this city is taking a more serious turn.

It is now confirmed that of the 252 TB skin tests taken at the school, 107 people have tested positive for tuberculosis.

Two of the students at the school are siblings, and are now being treated for the disease. They will have to stay out of school for several weeks.

Their positive tests follow that of an Ennis High School teacher who tested positive for the disease in late August.

CBS 11’s  Steve Pickett has the latest from the school:

The state health department’s Chris Van Duesen says they are dealing with suspect cases
they’ll get better

KRLD’s Barbara Schwarz reports:

Van Duesen says the good news is TB is completely treatable and long as patients follow through with medication.

The state health department says it will bring a mobile x-ray machine here to the school Monday.

The x-rays will determine if those who tested positive on the skin test may have an active case of TB.

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  • NiteNurse

    The problem with TB is that if you live with someone who tests positive then you have to be tested and possibly treated. I don’t envy the county health department folks because they are going to have quite a job on their hands searching for folks that need to be tested. The number could run into the thousands.

  • Eve Braun

    Almost 1/2 of the kids identified as being exposed originally have tested positive. 4 (now rumored 5) have tested positive for ACTIVE TB. Yet the entire student body is still not being required to be tested. And have ALL of the students originally identified for exposure now been tested? And if not, are they being allowed to attend school? I asked EISD and was told they didn’t know that answer to that due to “privacy laws.”

    EIther EISD is lying that they don’t know which students have and haven’t received testing, or TDSHS is grossly negligent by not notifying EISD and letting identified kids who haven’t been tested continue to attend school.

  • Linda Paschen

    Last year I contracted active TB, and was misdiagnosed three times. Yes TB is highly contagious by contact through sneezing, coughing, singing, I almost died from an allergic reaction to one of the medications. The medications are similar to taking oral cancer medications. None of the students that had contact with the infected teacher should still be attending school. I gave TB to my husband. I was isolated for 5 months and then had to go stay at a TB hospital in San Antonio, TX . TB is everywhere, I had a bad cough and went to the doctor after 3 weeks and was not given a chest x-ray until my second visit, now I have a lung full of cavities. I’m blessed to be alive.

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