FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

Ennis, Texas, high school records more positive TB skin tests

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, 119 out of 373 completed skin tests have tested positive for the potential of tuberculosis at Ennis High School in Ennis, Texas.
Chris Van Deusen, a TDSHS spokesman, said that a positive test does not mean a person has tuberculosis or is contagious, News 8 WFAA reports. With 700 additional TB skin tests conducted on Monday, the total number of people tested has reached 950.
Those with positive tests are being asked to get chest X-rays. Health officials have parked their mobile X-ray truck outside the school so those who test positive for the TB skin tests can be checked on campus rather than having to go to an area hospital. Those who have abnormal chest X-rays must undergo a third phlegm test to determine if they have infection tuberculosis.
Parents like Karyn Williams are upset that their children were not better protected from the potential of getting tuberculosis in the first place. Williams said her younger son was in summer school for two weeks and spent all of last year in a classroom with the school's teacher who was diagnosed with tuberculosis, News 8 WFAA reports. Shandra Carter is upset because her ninth grade son is not being tested for tuberculosis, saying she thinks that all the students should be tested.
State health officials said they will hold an educational forum in conjunction with the Ennis Independent School District for parents at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Ennis High School auditorium.