Dallas Morning News (10.08.11) - Tuesday, October 11, 2011
On Friday, state health officials confirmed a second active TB
case linked to Ennis High School. The state announced the
first EHS case on Aug. 19; officials of the Ennis Independent
School District said the index case was a teacher.
"We're not providing any demographic information in order to
protect the [new] patient's confidentiality," said Chris Van
Deusen, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of State
Of 1,577 TB skin tests analyzed as of Friday, 221 people had
positive tests, most of which are considered latent
infections, meaning the people are not expected ever to get
sick. Nearly 10 people testing positive for TB also showed
signs of active disease.
"A positive skin test means the bacteria is in the body, but
does not mean the person has TB disease and is contagious,"
Van Deusen said.
Several Ennis parents voiced frustration that their children
are being treated for active TB even though these cases are
not yet counted as confirmed by the state. Officials said
confirmation could take several weeks.
"The bacteria must be cultured and grown in a dish," said Dr.
James Zoretic, regional medical director in the state health
department's Arlington office. "It can take six weeks to get a
negative culture, and two to four weeks before you see a
Most patients showing signs of active TB are receiving
treatment at home or at a hospital as they await final