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Tuberculosis testing begins this week in Northside ISD

Multiple high schools are facing exposure concerns stemming from at least one person who tested positive.

SAN ANTONIO — Some students in Northside ISD will be tested for tuberculosis this week, following possible exposure at multiple campuses stemming from one individual. 

On Friday, the principal of O'Connor High School, Robert Martinez, sent a letter to parents saying that there was a possible tuberculosis exposure on campus.

The testing, which started Monday, won't be conducted school-wide, but be limited to individuals at each campus deemed to be a potential exposure through Metro Health's contact investigation.

A person connected to Brandeis High School definitely tested positive for tuberculosis. Officials later said it was related to the TB concerns at O'Connor, as well at Clark, citing a "common link."

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District Health Program Manager Tommy Camden told KENS 5 the disease is far more difficult to catch when compared to COVID-19 or Influenza. 

"The criteria basically is around 8 hours a week of exposure. A lot of times going into school situations we are looking at two class room periods or more," Camden. "The rest of the school doesn't need to be concerned unless they've been contacted."

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