CONTACT: Carol Schliesinger, Metro Health, 210-207-8172
Barry Perez, NISD, 210-238-6135
SAN ANTONIO (April 25, 2018) – The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) has confirmed a case of tuberculosis (TB) in an individual at Brandeis High School in the Northside Independent School District (NISD).
The individual is off campus, in stable condition and will not return to school until no longer infectious.
Metro Health held a meeting with school staff and faculty to discuss the issue. The school sent letters to all parents inviting them to attend a bilingual TB presentation on Thursday, April 26, at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium, or on Tuesday, May 1, at 10 a.m. in the LGI room.
Metro Health and NISD are working together to identify those individuals at the school who may have been exposed. Letters will be sent to those who may have been potentially exposed.
Parents or staff with clinical questions about TB should call the Metro Health TB Chest Clinic at 210-207-8823.
TB is an infection caused by a microbe that typically affects the lungs. Information from the American Pulmonary Association states: “It is not easy to contract an infection of tuberculosis.” Usually, a person must have close contact with the infected person for a substantial length of time. Casual and limited contact with a person with active TB is not enough for someone to pass it on to others. TB infection can be cured with medication.