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Barton urges parents, officials to be vigilant after TB case at Ennis HS

Joe Barton

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis/Arlington) issued the following statement on the presence of tuberculosis at Ennis High School:

“I want to applaud state and local leaders for their quick actions once notified about the presence of Tuberculosis at Ennis High School. This is still a developing situation so parents need to stay vigilant and be proactive. If the school has notified you that your child may have been exposed – please follow their directions and make sure he or she is tested. Ennis Regional Medical Center, the closest hospital to the high school, is ready to administer the proper exams and make sure children get the necessary treatment and the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) assures me they will provide needed medical care for affected students at no cost.

“My office has been in contact with officials at the local hospitals, the Ennis ISD, the TDSHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and I am personally monitoring this situation.

“I would encourage Texas public health officials to take all appropriate precautions.

“I remain confident that Ellis County leaders and the Texas Department of State Health Services will continue to do everything necessary to keep the kids in Ennis safe and healthy. I stand ready to help if needed.”

Mr. Barton’s office has also set up a special section on his website (http://joebaton.house.gov) and Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/RepJoeBarton) that contains more information and FAQ’s about the TB situation.

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