FORT BEND ISD (Covering Fort Bend News) – Fort Bend Clinical Health Services has notified Kempner High School about a case of active tuberculosis. 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. It 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.
Because significant exposure to TB is required in order to develop an infection, and based on the level of interaction with the individual, the health department has identified a small group of students and staff who will require testing. They have received notification from the school and the health department.
“If you have not been contacted, there is no reason for your child to be tested at this time,” said Kempner Principal Lori Oliver in an email to parents. “However, if you would like, you may have your child tested by your private provider.”
For more information about TB, click here. Parents with questions should call Fort Bend County Clinical Health Services at 281-342- 6414.