RED OAK (CBSDFW.COM) – For the second night more than 200 concerned Red Oak ISD parents and employees gathered in the Red Oak High School gym Thursday night to find out about tuberculosis.
A staff member at Wooden Elementary may have the disease, and may have exposed students and co-workers.
Red Oak resident Will Rogers and his wife are concerned about their 10-year-old daughter who goes to school there. “I’m very concerned like any parent would be – not just for my daughter’s sake, but her bringing it home and giving it to my wife and myself.”
Marisol Juarez’s two children go to different schools in the district, but she too is concerned. “I want to know information about the TB so I can protect them and my family.”
Doctors from the state health department advised parents TB is spread through prolonged exposure to infected airborne particles. It’s not spread passing one another in the halls or on silverware.
Rebecca Latimer owns the daycare across the street from Wooden Elementary, and watches some students after school. “I really do not feel there’s any reason to be alarmed.”
Her daughter also goes to the school. “Not only did I send her to school today, I went and ate lunch with her.”
Many parents told CBS 11 they believe the school district has done a good job communicating what’s going on, and that has eased their concerns.
Next week, the state will give students and staff at Wooden Elementary TB skin tests. Even if students do test positive, other tests will be still required before they can be diagnosed with the disease.
The news of the case follows one at the beginning of the school year in Ennis.
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