Reporting Stephanie Lucero
ENNIS (CBSDFW.COM) - State health officials headed back out to Ennis on Monday morning to determine just how many students and faculty members in the Ennis Independent School District have been infected with tuberculosis. Officials brought a mobile x-ray machine to Ennis High School to help out.
According to health officials, 700 people will be required to take a skin test to determine their condition. This is in addition to the 250 who had already been giving skin tests — totalling nearly 1,000 people who could have been infected.
As of Friday afternoon, 107 people had tested positive for the disease – having a form that is not contagious. State health officials would only confirm four suspected cases of active tuberculosis among Ennis High School students.
Ennis mother Levetra Goss said that her 17-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter were both diagnosed with an active form of the disease. They are now staying isolated at home and taking a packet of medications.
Goss believes that the school and the infected teachers should have taken steps earlier to prevent the tuberculosis from spreading. “I believe, if you’re coughing for a year and a half, that’s a sign that something is wrong,” Goss said. “He should’ve gone to a doctor or to somebody else.”
The teacher who is believed to have initally started the tuberculosis spread is no longer on the Ennis High School campus.