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Waco ISD informs parents of individual who was diagnosed with tuberculosis

Posted at 4:31 PM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 20:21:36-04

WACO, TX — Waco ISD was informed that an "individual" has been diagnosed with tuberculosis.

According to the district, the individual from University High School is currently undergoing treatment.

The Heath District and the Department of State Health Service Regional TB Program believe the possibility that TB has been transmitted to a student or another staff member is minimal.

However, the district wants to inform people of the diagnosis.

Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria that can spread from person to person through microscopic droplets released in the air. It can happen when someone with the untreated, active form of TB coughs, sneezes, speaks or laughs.

If someone breathes the germ, it may cause an infection in the lungs or another part of the body. However, not everyone who breathes the bacteria will get a TB infection.

For additional information about TB, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since Waco ISD was notified, they have worked closely with the Health District.

The individual is being treated, but will not be named.

The Health District has been working with University High School to identify anyone who might have been exposed.

Students or staff members who have been in contact with the individual will receive TB testing from the Health District at no charge.

If there are any questions, you can contact the Health District at (254) 750-5496.