Canutillo HS | Photo courtesy Canutillo ISD
The City of El Paso Department of Public Health is currently investigating a possible Tuberculosis (TB) exposure involving approximately 190 people at Canutillo High School.
Via a news release on Thursday morning, officials shared that approximately 190 students, faculty, and staff are to be tested for the illness
Public health officials will be sending letters to parents of those children who may have had close contact with someone with active TB. As a precaution, the Department of Public Health is recommending that these individuals be screened for TB through a blood draw test.
“Our TB prevention team investigates this disease throughout the year. What makes this different is the number of possible exposures and the number of tests we need to perform,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director.
“We are extremely appreciative of the cooperation of the school administration and the support we have received from the Canutillo Independent School District.”
Parents who receive a letter from the Department of Public Health and have additional questions may call the City of El Paso Department of Public Health TB Program at 915-212-6609.
Tuberculosis is a bacterial illness acquired through breathing in infected droplets from the cough or sneeze of a person with active TB. Tuberculosis is not easily transmitted. The likelihood of transmission increases with length of exposure to the cough/sneeze of someone with active TB.
TB can be treated with special antibiotics. Additional information about TB can be found online by clicking TB Control under “Services”.