Five at Nimitz High School Test Positive for Tuberculosis Exposure

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    Five people at Nimitz High School have tested positive for exposure to tuberculosis. (Published Friday, Sep 20, 2013)

    A handful of students at a high school in Irving have tested positive for exposure to tuberculosis.

    The Irving school district said five people out of 137 at Nimitz High School tested positive for exposure to TB in preliminary skin tests. Students and teachers who had might have had contact with a student diagnosed with the bacterial infection between March and May had skin tests.

    Five Test Positive for TB Exposure

    [DFW] Five Test Positive for TB Exposure
    The Irving Independent School District confirms that five out of 137 students have tested positive for exposure to tuberculosis in preliminary skin tests. (Published Friday, Sep 20, 2013)

    Positive skin tests indicate the person has been exposed to tuberculosis but do not mean that he or she has the infection or will contract it.

    The student was diagnosed with tuberculosis at the end of the summer and is getting treatment. The student is not currently attending Nimitz.

    TB Testing at Irving Nimitz High School

    [DFW] TB Testing at Irving Nimitz High School
    At Nimitz High School in Irving, it's testing day -- but not for class. A student diagnosed with tuberculosis may have infected as many as 100 students and teachers. (Published Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013)

    Tuberculosis is an airborne bacterial infection. It typically attacks the lungs but can also affect other organs, such as the brain, kidneys or spine. It can be fatal if not treated. Symptoms include flu-like conditions including coughing, fever and weight loss.

    People are only at risk for contracting the infection if they are in close proximity to a person with an active case for a prolonged period of time -- 40 to 80 hours over the course of several weeks. Casual contact such as a conversation, sports or a car ride should not lead to infection.

    Students Tested for Tuberculosis at Nimitz High School

    [DFW] Students Tested for Tuberculosis at Nimitz High School
    About 100 students at Nimitz High School may have been exposed to a classmate diagnosed with tuberculosis. (Published Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013)

    People with positive skin tests receive a chest X-ray. If the chest X-ray shows abnormalities on the lungs, it's possible the person has an active case of tuberculosis, and further testing is needed.

    NBC 5's Omar Villafranca and Christine Lee contributed to this report, which also includes background information from previous stories.

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    [DFW] Irving Teen Recovers From Tuberculosis
    A student at Nimitz High School in Irving is recovering from tuberculosis. The school district mailed out letters to parents this week. The principal also reached out to almost 100 students who may have been exposed to TB. (Published Friday, Sep 13, 2013)