Edinburg CISD Students Being Tested for Possible Tuberculosis

4 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Friday, March 24 2017 Mar 24, 2017 March 24, 2017 3:57 PM March 24, 2017 in News

EDINBURG – Hidalgo County officials said they are testing several students and staff at Edinburg North High School for possible tuberculosis.

Hidalgo County Health and Human Services director Eddie Olivarez confirmed to CHANNEL 5 NEWS there is ongoing TB testing.

Olivarez said more than 170 students and staff members have been accessed and or tested for tuberculosis.

So far, nobody has come back positive for the disease.

We’re told the testing and evaluation started out of concerns for one person. Olivarez did not say if the person was a student and or staff member.

The health department director said their office has met one-on-one with all those who were tested.

Olivarez added 90 percent of people who may have come in contact with the person possibly infected may have been accessed and or tested and nothing has come back positive.

Edinburg CISD sent us the following statement:

The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School has been alerted by the Hidalgo County Health Department of an individual case of tuberculosis (TB) at Edinburg North High School.

We must emphasize that the risk of contracting TB is very low, because significant exposure to TB is required in order to develop an infection. 

If a family member was not asked to participate in this investigation by the Hidalgo County Health Department, then there is no cause for concern.  If a family member was asked to be part of the investigation, please contact the Hidalgo County Health Department for an update as instructed by the Department.

Be assured that the health and well-being of our students is our top priority and we are doing everything possible to address the situation.

For more information on TB, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: https://www.cdc.gov/tb/.

Anyone that received a letter from the school district concerning the matter should go or call the Hidalgo County Health Department. Their number is 956-383-6221. 

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