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YISD Investigation into Hanks Tuberculosis Exposure Yields Two Positive Test Results

On Wednesday afternoon, the Department of Public Health (DPH) announced two individuals have tested positive for Tuberculosis (TB) infection in the recent investigation involving Hanks High School.

The department identified 140 individuals who may have been exposed to a person at the school who was diagnosed with active TB disease and a 138 individuals have been screened. Tests revealed two positive results.

The following is a chart describing the current investigation standings.

Persons Potentially Exposed 140
Tested To-Date 138
Test Rate 99%
Results Known 136
Number of Positive Results 2
Positivity Rate 1.5%

Public Health officials estimate a positivity rate for El Paso between 5% and 10%, and the actual rate of 1.5% is well below what is expected.

Those tested by DPH have been notified of their results and the two patients who tested positive for TB infection will be evaluated by a nurse specializing in TB. They will also receive X-rays to ensure the disease has not developed in their lungs. Those who tested negative for TB will be retested within the next 8 to 10 weeks as a precaution.

“While we wish there were no TB in El Paso, the fact is that the disease is part of our everyday life,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “We are pleased with this low number, and hope to see similar results in February when we retest these individuals.”

Last year, 43 cases of active TB were identified and treated in the greater El Paso region with 38 in 2015 and 44 in 2014. Every year, the department identifies and treats approximately 250 latent cases of the disease.

Residents with questions or concerns are urged to visit www.EPHealth.com and click on the TB Investigation section for updated information and data regarding TB, how it is spread, and how to protect yourself from the disease.

Health Department: Possible TB Exposure Approximately 150 students in Ysleta ISD

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health is currently investigating a possible Tuberculosis (TB) exposure involving approximately 150 students in the Ysleta Independent School District.

“The cooperation offered by Ysleta ISD officials has been excellent, and we will continue to work closely with school officials to make sure those specific students who have been identified at-risk are tested,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “The health and well-being of our community is our utmost priority, and we ask that parents who receive the Department of Public Health letter participate in the screening process so we can determine whether or not their child is infected, and provide appropriate evaluation and treatment.”

The Department will be sending letters to the parents informing them that their child(ren) 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 that will be tested at the Department of Public Health laboratory in El Paso.

Parents who receive a letter from the Department of Public Health who have additional questions may call the City of El Paso Department of Public Health 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.

Additional information about TB can be found at online by clicking TB Control under “Programs”.

Ysleta ISD officials released the following statement:

“The Ysleta Independent School District is cooperating fully with the El Paso City Department of Public Health regarding this case. The district is following all procedures as prescribed by district and city health policies. The district has been directed by the City Department of Public Health to refer all inquiries to them. Please contact them at (915) 212-6609.”

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