WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

One active TB case connected to school investigation in Texas

One active TB case connected to school investigation in Texas | Courtesy of cdc.gov
The City of El Paso Department of Public Health recently confirmed a single active tuberculosis (TB) case that has been linked to the ongoing investigation of Frank Macias Elementary in Horizon City.

The confirmation was announced after a genetic match from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The TB bacteria from the case as well as the TB bacteria of the second active TB case were a match. The latest case is connected to the first TB case, and both of the patients have agreed to accept therapy for their illnesses.

As of today, 159 students and 96 staff members from the school have been tested for TB, with 127 of the tests coming back as negative and 38 positive.

Twelve students still need to be tested, as they did not attend Frank Macias Elementary for the entire school year, as do four of the school’s staff members.

“Because this second case is part of the first cohort, there is no need to expand testing at the school at this time,” El Paso Public Health Director Robert Resendes said. “In order to protect patient privacy we are unable to disclose whether this individual is either a staff member or a student.”

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City of El Paso Department of Public Health 300 N Campbell St El Paso, TX 79901

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