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District to enact precautionary measures; Tuberculosis concerns linger

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WAXAHACHIE - Waxahachie Independent School District officials are taking the lead and enacting precautionary measures when it meets Ennis in district play for upcoming athletic events.   

More than two weeks ago, an instructor at Ennis High School tested positive for an active case of tuberculosis (TB). Since then, Ennis Independent School District officials have been cooperating with the state health department in the testing of students and staff who came into close proximity with the instructor.  

TB is a disease caused by germs that are spread through the air. Typically TB affects the lungs, but can also affect the brain, kidneys and spine. Treatment of the disease is very important and those diagnosed must get proper medical help. TB is spread through prolonged, close contact but can be treated with medication. 

According to State Health Officials, more than 200 have been tested in Ennis and 80 were found positive for TB exposure. Next week, state health workers will begin dispensing antibiotics to those 80 or more people.

Only four tested have had abnormal x-rays and are being told to stay home until their tests are completed, they are not quarantined at this time.

Waxahachie Superintendent Thomas J. Collins has spoken personally to Ennis officials in an effort to gather and provide facts about the on-going investigation to WISD students, staff, parents and the Waxahachie community.   

Collins is also in talks with Dr. James Zoretic, Regional Medical Director of the Texas Department of State Health Services and lead doctor in charge of the on-going TB investigation at Ennis High School.  

From his conversations with investigators and EHS officials, Collins has been informed that all current students attending Ennis High School have either been cleared through testing or did not have close contact to the individual who was diagnosed with tuberculosis more than two weeks ago. This clearance also includes all Ennis athletes.  

Dr. Zoretic, Regional Medical Director of the Texas Department of the State Health Department and lead doctor in charge of the Ennis High School investigation, has assured Superintendent Collins at this time there is no cause for concern for upcoming athletic events.   

Waxahachie ISD is asking all students, staff and fans conduct themselves in a courteous and respectful manner when the district takes on Ennis at all athletic events. 

When preparing for athletic events against Ennis all Waxahachie ISD athletic coaches have been instructed to take the following precautionary measures when playing an Ennis athletic team: Take and utilize all of our own equipment; take and utilize our own water sources; and limit prolonged, close proximity as much as possible. 

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