CBS 11 Header TXA 21 Header MeTV Header KRLD Header The Fan Header
Two Great Apps: CBS DFW Weather App: iPhone App Store | Android App Coming Oct | Download
                                   CBS Local App: The Latest From CBS DFW On Your Device | iOS & Android | Download
                                   -Including Breaking News Notifications, Audio and Video from CBS DFW

Local

Tuberculosis Scare At Another Irving School

(credit: KTVT/KTXA) Stephanie Lucero
Stephanie is an Emmy Award winning veteran reporter for CBS 11 N...
Read More

CBS DFW (con't)

Affordable Care Act Updates: CBSDFW.com/ACA

Health News & Information: CBSDFW.com/Health

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

From Our CBS Music Web Sites

186152214 Tuberculosis Scare At Another Irving SchoolJIM GAFFIGAN, "My kids have never eaten Hot Pockets

181572784 8 Tuberculosis Scare At Another Irving SchoolFunny Faced Cheerleaders

 alt=Musicians Then And Now

455079896 Tuberculosis Scare At Another Irving SchoolWATCH: Iggy Azalea & JLO's Booty Battle

 alt=Remembering Jimi Hendrix 44 Years Later

cowb thumb Tuberculosis Scare At Another Irving SchoolCowboys Cheerleaders

Blood samples are seen in a hospital testing for tuberculosis. (credit: RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)

Blood samples are seen in a hospital testing for tuberculosis. (credit: RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)

IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) - A high school in Irving is on high alert after a student tested positive for tuberculosis. Now, the Irving Independent School District and Dallas County Health and Human Services are hosting an informational meeting to answer questions for anyone who is concerned about the situation.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday evening at Macarthur High School in Irving. School district and health department officials will be on hand to offer information about tuberculosis and talk about the current plan going forward. The meeting is intended for parents, students, staff members and community members.

“It’s really just educational,” said Irving ISD spokesperson Lesley Weaver, “helping people understand how TB is contracted and just, I think, to calm fears, to let everybody know that we don’t think there is an epidemic or we don’t have a problem of TB.”

Tuberculosis testing will begin at the campus on Tuesday. Health officials have recommended testing for about 80 students and employees who may have come in close contact with the student who has already tested positive. The testing is free.

Meanwhile, everybody on campus Monday is receiving a handout that features information about tuberculosis, how it is spread and which medications are available to help treat the illness.

Health officials are not releasing information about the student who has tuberculosis, except to say that they believe the student acquired it while out of state, and he or she is currently being treated.

This all comes on the heels of a similar scare at another high school in Irving. Last month, more than 130 students and staff members were tested for tuberculosis at Nimitz High School. Those individuals shared a classroom last spring with a student who had tuberculosis. During that round of testing, another five students came up positive for skin exposure to tuberculosis.

Dallas County health officials said that the two cases are completely separate, not linked in any way. But they are concerned that the illness continues to be an issue within the community. That is why they have called for the Monday meeting, to educate people about tuberculosis and answer any questions.

“It’s good that the community is taking part in trying to fix the problem,” said student Christopher Ceballos, “keep it from spreading.”

Latest News:

Top Trending: