Fort Worth Star-Telegram (04.06.12) - Friday, April 06, 2012
Six TB tests read during an initial round of screening at
Tarrant County College (TCC)'s Southeast Campus in Arlington
were positive for the disease, meaning those persons will
undergo further evaluation.
Health officials have identified 259 people at TCC who may
have been exposed to a former student now being treated for
active TB in Dallas County. Some 126 people were screened on
Tuesday, and 105 tests had been read by Thursday. Because
turnout may have been affected by this week's severe storms in
the area, the test will be offered again on April 17.
The six people identified in the first testing round will need
chest X-rays to help determine whether they have signs of
active disease, said Gerry Drewyer, division manager of the
Tuberculosis Elimination Program at Tarrant County Public
The mother of one TCC student was unhappy with the way the
situation was handled, saying the communication her daughter
received did not say where she should go for testing. TCC
spokesperson Rita Parson said the letters stated when and
where health officials would offer skin tests. Reminders also
were sent to students via email, and a notice was posted on
TCC's website, she said.