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Active Case Of Tuberculosis Is Detected In A Fort Bend County High School

Kempner High School notified parents on Monday and says the county’s health officials have identified a small group of students and staff who will require testing

An active case of tuberculosis has been detected in Kempner High School, which is located in Sugar Land and is part of the Fort Bend Independent School District.

An active case of tuberculosis has been detected in Kempner High School, which is located in Sugar Land and is part of the Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD), the school principal told parents and guardians in a letter sent on Monday.

In the letter, Principal Lori Oliver, explained that Fort Bend Clinical Health Services has notified Kempner High School about a case of active tuberculosis (TB).

Tuberculosis is a bacterial illness acquired through breathing in infected droplets from the cough or sneeze of a person with active TB, but it is not easily transmitted.

The illness is spread when a person inhales airborne germs over a long period of time in a confined area from someone with the disease who coughs or sneezes.

“I can assure you the school is working actively with Fort Bend County Health and Human Services and taking all necessary steps in order to ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff,” Oliver noted in the letter.

The county’s health department has identified a small group of students and staff who will require testing and, according to the letter, they have received separate notification from both the school and the county’s health department.

The letter details that the families which haven’t been contacted don’t need to have their children tested at this time, although they have the option to have them tested regardless.

You can contact the Fort Bend County Clinical Health Services at 281-342- 6414.

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