Parents in the Clint Independent School District got a letter earlier this week telling them that the City of El Paso Department of Public Health is investigating a possible tuberculosis exposure incident. Some 160 children may have come into close contact with someone with TB. Public Health officials say that those kids should be screened for TB through a blood draw that will be tested at the Public Health laboratory in El Paso.

If you are the parent of a child who was exposed and you got the letter from the Department of Public Health, you can call 915-212-6609 if you have any questions about the exposure or the blood draw.

The Department of Public Heath says that tuberculosis "is a bacterial illness acquired through breathing in infected droplets from the cough or sneeze of a person with active TB. Tuberculosis is not easily transmitted. The likelihood of transmission increases with length of exposure to the cough/sneeze of someone with active TB.

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