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Suspected TB Case At DISD'S Edison Middle Learning Center
Edison Middle Learning Center on Singleton Boulevard in West Dallas

Dallas County Health officials are investigating a suspected case of tuberculosis at Thomas Edison Middle Learning Center.  County Health director Zach Thompson says a hospital notified officials of the suspected case in a student.

Additional information about the student has not been provided.

Thompson says the county’s TB unit is conducting a contact investigation to determine the extent of exposure of students and staff to the potentially fatal disease.  

TB germs are spread from person to person, but it takes prolonged close contact to be infected.

Testing for individuals who may have been exposed will be conducted at the school next week. The health department will notify those who need to be tested.

Letters about the possible TB case were sent home to parents Thursday.  

Former KERA reporter BJ Austin spent more than 25 years in broadcast journalism, anchoring and reporting in Atlanta, New York, New Orleans and Dallas. Along the way, she covered Atlanta City Hall, the Georgia Legislature and the corruption trials of Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards.