Active case of Tuberculosis found at Hanks High School

UPDATE:

Ysleta ISD officials confirm that Hanks High School is the campus where the active case of Tuberculosis was found.

According to a spokesperson, the health department allowed YISD to name Hanks as the affected campus after "numerous parent concerns".

District officials cannot disclose any other details as per the directive of the city health department.

Check back with KTSM for updates.

 

EARLIER:

The City of El Paso's Health Department tells NewsChannel 9 they are currently investigating a possible Tuberculosis exposure involving approximately 150 students at Ysleta Independent School District.

The department will be sending letters to the parents informing them that their child may have had close contact with someone with active TB.

Officials tell NewsChannel 9 that as a precaution, the Department of Public Health is recommending that these individuals be screened for TB through a blood draw that will be tested at the Department of Public Health lab here in El Paso. 

"The cooperation offered by Ysleta ISD officials has been excellent, and we will continue to work closely with school officials to make sure those specific students who have been identified at-risk are tested," said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. "The health and well-being of our community is our utmost priority, and we ask that parents who receive the Department of Public Health letter participate in the screening process so we can determine whether or not their child is infected, and provide evaluation and treatment."

Parents who receive a letter form the Department of Public Health who have additional questions may call the department at 915-212-6609.

Tuberculosis is a bacterial illness acquired through breathing in infected droplets from the cough or sneeze of a person with active TB. Tuberculosis is not easily transmitted. The likelihood of transmission increases with length of exposure to the cough/sneeze of someone with active TB.

NewsChannel 9 will stay on top of this developing story and will bring you any new information as soon as it becomes available.


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