FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

Second Texas high school reports TB case

Denton High School in Denton, Texas, recently learned of a suspected case of tuberculosis in a 16-year-old student.

School officials immediately warned the parents of its 1,800 students about the case through an automated phone system and notes sent home with their children, according Many parents remain confident that the suspected case was caught early enough.

"As a parent, you're always concerned about any little thing," Charlene Maple said, WFAA reports. "But I do know the school has it under control, and if it wasn't under control, my child wouldn't be here."

The infected student is currently being treated at the Denton Regional Medical Center after suffering a collapse. He reportedly did not suffer from the telltale TB cough, but had experienced significant weight loss and fatigue.

Last year, the boy was a student at Ennis High School in Ennis, Texas. He was in the class of a teacher who had a confirmed case of the illness. In August, thousands of Ennis high students and staff were tested for TB. Results showed 200 people had been exposed to the disease and 10 are suspected of contracting its active form.

The boy’s classmates are admitting some apprehension over the possibility that TB has spread to their school system.

"We're worried, yes, we are," Jaklyn Flores, who shares and art class with the boy, said, reports. "I'm worried. My mom's worried, too."