Dallas County Health and Human Services has confirmed two brothers who are students at W.T. White High School in Dallas have tuberculosis.
DCHHS will perform skin tests on a group of students who have been in direct contact with the brothers starting Wednesday, September 5.
Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, the interim director at Dallas County Health and Human Services, said the two brothers contracted the disease from a relative. They are not sure exactly when they caught the disease.
The brothers have been undergoing treatment for the past two months and according to the DCHHS director, parents "shouldn't be overly worried" since the two students have been in treatment.
“Typically they are not contagious at this point… so at this time it’s a low likelihood of them being contagious,” said Shivaramaiyer.
Parents are being asked to look out for symptoms in their children which could include prolonged cough, fatigue and weight loss.
Dallas ISD released this statement...
“The health and safety of all Dallas ISD students is our top priority. Dallas County Health and Human Services alerted us of the possible tuberculosis exposure on one of our campuses. As a precaution, the department will conduct skin testing for the students and staff who could have been exposed. We will continue to work closely with them and follow their protocol to ensure the wellness of our students and staff.”
Editors Note: Originally DCHHS said the boys contracted TB from their father, the article has been corrected to relfect it was another relative who no longer lives with the family.