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Teacher diagnosed with TB; school issues statement

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Statement from Ennis ISD

A letter is being distributed this week to a group of Ennis High School students and parents regarding a positive case of Tuberculosis (TB). The letter explains that Ennis ISD was notified by the Texas Department of State Health Services (Kaufman County office) of a teacher from Ennis High School who was positively diagnosed with TB. The Health Department has partnered with the District to help identify potential contacts and provide the appropriate screening and care. The high school is the only EISD campus affected by this.

The risk of exposure and infection to the general campus population is extremely low, though everyone needs to be aware of this incidence. Since significant exposure to TB is required in order to develop an infection, only students, teachers and staff who have had close contact with the teacher will be screened by the Health Department. These students have been identified by District health officials and will receive separate notification along with a parental permission form for screening. These screenings are free of charge and will be conducted at EHS on Sept. 14, with interpreting of the results on Sept. 16 during the same time period.

The health and safety of our students, teachers and staff is a top priority, and we are doing everything possible to address the situation in cooperation with the Health Department. If you have additional questions, please contact the Texas Department of State Health Services regional office at 817-264-4893. Please also refer to the list of Frequently Asked Questions and additional information about TB that can be accessed at the following websites:

 http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/tb/faqs/

 http://www.cdc.gov/tb/faqs




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