"The City of El Paso Department of Public Health has determined that your child may have
been exposed to an active case of Tuberculosis (TB). Tuberculosis is a bacterial illness
acquired through breathing in infected droplets from the cough or sneeze of a person with
active TB."

That can't be an easy letter to get if you're a parent, but that is the letter the City of El Paso Department of Public Health sent to almost 200 people who might have been exposed to tuberculosis at Canutillo High School.

The letters were sent to the people who were possibly exposed, and the news was released to the public on Thursday. Staff and parents of students were notified. If you were one of those parents and have questions, you cal call the Department of Public Health TB Program at 915-212-6609.

TB is not easily transmitted but you can be exposed by the cough or sneeze of someone with TB. It is a bacterial illness and the likelihood of transmission increases with length of exposure to the cough/sneeze of someone with active TB. If you are determined to have TB, the treatment is special antibiotics.

The Department of Public Health has more information about TB and what to do if you have been notified that you might have been exposed. You can click here to find out more.