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Tuberculosis Testing Begins Soon For Denton High Students

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DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) - The director of the Denton County Health Department says a Denton High School student probably has an active, contagious case of tuberculosis.

CBSDFW first reported Wednesday that the student’s initial TB skin test was positive.

Now Dr. Bing Burton, director of the Denton County Health Department, says he expects the student’s second test to confirm that the boy has an active case of the disease.  Doctors are awaiting the lab results of that second test, which should come soon.

Burton also says that TB testing for 200 Denton High School students will start Tuesday, October 11.  Those students were mostly likely to have come into contact with the infected student.  Denton ISD says they contacted all involved parents, and that the students will be sent home with permission slips Friday.

The infected student, a junior at Denton High, is being treated for TB at a local hospital.  Members of his family and other close contacts are also being tested for the disease.

Earlier Thursday, Denton ISD officials sent parents a letter informing them of the student’s condition.

As we have reported, dozens of Ennis ISD students have tested positive for latent, or non-contagious, tuberculosis in recent weeks.

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