Metro Health investigating tuberculosis case at Lanier HS

SAN ANTONIO-- The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District confirmed Tuesday that the organization was investigating the report of a case of tuberculosis (TB) at Lanier High School.

The individual affected by the infection was reportedly in stable condition and would not be returning to the school until cleared to do so, Metro Health said in a statement.

It was not clear if the individual was a student.

Further details were not immediately available.

FULL STATEMENT FROM METRO HEALTH:

SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 25, 2016) – The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) confirmed this week a case of tuberculosis (TB) in an individual at Lanier High School in the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD).

The individual is off campus, in stable condition and will not return to school until no longer infectious.

A meeting and presentation on TB was held yesterday afternoon with school staff and faculty.  Also yesterday, the school sent letters to all parents, who are invited to attend a bilingual TB presentation on Tue., Nov 1, at 6 p.m. inside the school auditorium. 

Metro Health and SAISD are working together to identify those individuals at the school who may have been exposed.  Letters will be sent to those that may have been potentially exposed.

Parents or staff with clinical questions about TB should call the Metro Health TB Chest Clinic at 210-207-8823.

TB is an infection caused by microbe that typically affects the lungs. Information from the American Pulmonary Association states: “It is not easy to contract an infection of tuberculosis.”  Usually, a person must have close contact with the infected person for a substantial length of time.  Casual and limited contact with a person with active TB is not enough for someone to pass it on to others. Both TB infection and disease can be cured with medication.

(© 2016 KENS)


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