Ennis ISD is distributing a letter this week to a group of Ennis High School students and parents regarding a positive case of tuberculosis. The letter explains that EISD 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, according to a statement released by the district.
“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,” the statements reads. “These students have been identified by district health officials and will receive separate notification along with a parental permission form for screening.” The screenings are free of charge and will be conducted at EHS on Sept. 14, with interpretation of the results 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,” the statement reads.
Those with questions can contact the Texas Department of State Health Services regional office at 817-264-4893. For a list of frequently asked questions and additional information about TB, visit these websites: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/tb/faqs/ and http://www.cdc.gov/tb/faqs.