Possible exposure to tuberculosis at Brackenridge High School
SAN ANTONIO, TX. – SAISD has been notified by the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District that some students and staff at one of the District’s high schools may have been exposed to TB (tuberculosis) during the past few months. Of the 2000 faculty and students at Brackenridge HS, 174 people were possibly exposed.
Health authorities believe the individual was at low risk of transmitting tuberculosis to other individuals. Students and staff at Brackenridge High School identified by Metro Health as being at risk of exposure will be screened as a precautionary measure. SAISD and Brackenridge High School are taking a proactive role with Metro Health in the facilitation of this investigation.
All Brackenridge High School faculty and students were made aware of the situation this morning, Friday, Jan. 23. Parents of the students who were possibly exposed were contacted by phone through SAISD’s automated phone system. Metro Health also will mail letters to those at-risk students about TB screening. An informational letter and TB fact sheet is being sent home today with all Brackenridge HS students.
Informational meetings to answer questions and explain procedures being taken to protect the health of our community will be: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28 and Thursday, Jan. 29 in the Brackenridge High School auditorium, 400 Eagleland Drive at South St. Mary’s Street.
For more information, contact the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District Chest Clinic, 207-8823 or the SAISD’s Director of Student Health Services, Phyllis Priess, 224-1823. Concerned parents may also contact their personal health providers.