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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
TEXAS: Student Becomes Third Confirmed Active TB Case

October 14, 2011
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.