O’Connor students may have also been exposed to tuberculosis case at Brandeis HS, Metro Health says

Individual is off-campus, stable, and will not return until no longer infectious

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SAN ANTONIO – O’Connor High School has been found to have a direct link to a case of tuberculosis at another Northside Independent School District high school, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District said Friday.

Earlier this week, NISD officials alerted parents that a student at Brandeis High School has a confirmed case of tuberculosis and said students at Clark High School may have been exposed to that student. Now, health officials say the student also had contact with O’Connor students while actively infected with TB.

The person with TB is now off-campus, stable and will not return to school until they are no longer infectious.

A presentation on tuberculosis was held Friday morning with O’Connor faculty and staff, and letters were sent to parents yesterday, a press release said.

A parent/community meeting is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12 in the high school auditorium.

Metro Health says they are continuing to work closely together to identify other individuals who may have been potentially exposed. Letters are being sent to those that were potentially exposed.

Parents or staff with clinical questions about TB should call the Metro Health TB Chest Clinic at 210-207-8823.

Metro Health says tuberculosis is an infection caused by bacteria that typically affects the lungs, and usually, a person must have close contact with an infected person for a substantial length of time.

TB infection and disease can be treated with medication, Metro Health said.

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