DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The Denton Independent School District has sent parents a letter warning them that a Denton High School student is hospitalized with a possible case of tuberculosis.
The student is a junior at Denton High School. However, he attended Ennis High School last year and spent the entire school year taking a science class with a teacher who has the contagious form of tuberculosis.
Dozens of Ennis ISD students have tested positive for the non-contagious form of the disease in recent weeks.
This is the text of the letter that Denton High School Principal Darrel Muncy sent to parents Thursday:
It is our goal to keep our students healthy and safe while keeping our parents updated on any diseases/illness that may affect any of our students and their families.
We have been notified that a Denton High student is currently hospitalized with a suspect case of TB. We want all our Denton High families to be aware that this is has not been a confirmed case of TB.
We are monitoring this situation extremely closely with state, county and local health officials. While tuberculosis is a serious illness, it can be treated and cured by taking a course of antibiotics, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
If you have questions, please check with your health care provider or the Denton County Health Department at dentoncounty.com/health. We will also keep the most updated information that we have available at our district and Denton High website: http://www.dentonisd.org. In a situation such as this, it’s important for families to choose their health information sources wisely.
By working together through this situation, we can help all our students have a healthy, safe and successful school year. We will continue to work with health officials and keep you informed as soon as we receive additional information.
Darrell G. Muncy