Dallas Morning News (10.13.11) - Friday, October 14, 2011
A third case of active TB associated with Ennis High School
has been confirmed. The patient and a sibling have been
confined to home for the past three weeks after testing
positive on a TB skin test and having abnormal chest X-rays.
Both were students of an EHS teacher with active TB.
So far, the Texas Department of State Health Services has
analyzed 1,648 TB skin tests associated with the Ennis
outbreak, and 225 have tested positive. Most are considered
latent infections, meaning the person does not have active
disease and is not contagious.
About 10 people showing signs of active disease - including
abnormal chest X-ray, coughing, weight loss, and lethargy -
are being treated as they await confirmation of the diagnosis.
Confirmation can take two to six weeks.