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More Tuberculosis exposure confirmed at Fannin Middle School

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Amarillo, TX - A third round of testing for Tuberculosis at Fannin Middle School shows even more people are showing signs of exposure to the disease.  
There are at least 46 new cases of Tuberculosis exposure at Fannin Middle School. This comes after a third round of testing was conducted at Fannin on Tuesday.  
A total of 706 students and staff were tested after the city said last week a second round of testing showed higher than expected exposure results.  
At this time the Health Department is still wrapping up their investigation. A total of 83 people have tested positive for TB exposure over the course of three testing rounds.  

Even though 84 people have tested positive for exposure it does not mean the cases are active or contagious.  

From the Amarillo Bi-City-County Health District 
Fannin TB Investigation Update

The Amarillo Bi-City-County Health Department is completing its investigation and reading the results of students and staff tested for tuberculosis exposure at Fannin Middle School. So far, as of 4:30 p.m. today, a total of 706 people have been tested and had their tests read, and of those people, a total of 84 people tested positive for TB exposure. As of today, no additional active cases of TB have been identified.  

The health department is completing evaluations of all potential exposures and should be finished next week. A handful of students and staff were not available this week for evaluation.

“In testing classmates, teachers and close contacts, we saw a 15.6 percent exposure rate with no active cases identified,” says Dr. Matt Richardson, director of Public Health for the City of Amarillo. “When we expanded the testing to the entire school, we found a 9.8 percent exposure rate so far, telling us that there was not a widespread exposure. According to our state health department partners, we believe this expanded, campus-wide rate looks like the rate found in the general population in Amarillo.”

Dr. Richardson expects the investigation to conclude next week and that no additional testing at Fannin Middle School or any Amarillo Independent School District campus is necessary.

The testing was prompted after a case of active tuberculosis was discovered in a Fannin Middle School student last month. All testing and treatment has been provided at no cost to the families.

“We appreciate the patience and cooperation provided to us by AISD as well as parents,” Dr. Richardson says. “This allowed us to move the process forward in the proper manner and to reach everyone we needed to before school released for the summer.”

If parents or staff need further information, they may call the City of Amarillo Department of Public Health at (806) 378-6300.