City of Amarillo, AISD Investigate Postive TB at Fannin Middle School

AMARILLO -- An investigation is underway after a local student tests positive for tuberculosis.

A fannin middle school student has tested postive for TB.

The City of Amarillo Department of Health is working with Amarillo ISD to test all of the 129 students who were exposed to the patient as well as some teachers.

Doctor Matt Richardson, the director of public health for the city says the school is being tested and TB has not shown up in any of the classrooms.

He also says there's no reason for parents to keep their kids home.

One of the schools first priorities is to reach out to parents of potentially exposed kids.

They want to get permission to give tb skin tests.

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that usually infects the lungs, but can attack almost any part of the body. 

TB is spread from person to person through the air.

Chairman of internal medicine at Texas Tech doctor Roger Smalligan says, "He doesn't think anyone else has TB but it's still important to test those who could have been exposed."

Smalligan says if not treated, it can lead to active tuberculosis.

There are some things to watch out for if you think you might have been exposed. Some symptoms of TB are:

A bad cough lasting 3 weeks or longer
  • Pain in the chest
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Chills
Skin tests will be given next week to students who may have been exposed.

If you have any questions or concerns there will be a meeting in the Fannin Middle School cafeteria tomorrow night at 6.

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