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Possible active tuberculosis case confirmed at Kempner High School, officials say

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SUGAR LAND, Texas – Fort Bend Independent School District officials said a possible case of tuberculosis has been discovered at Kempner High School.

Officials said that due to the level of interaction with the infected individual, the health department has notified a group of students and staff who will require testing.

About 20 people were tested. It will take about a week to get the results of the test.

Here is a link to a general information sheet about tuberculosis.

A letter was sent home to parents that read, in part, "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. 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."