The Harlingen school district confirms a student tested positive for tuberculosis (TB) and state health officials are currently investigating.
Regional Health Director Dr. Brian Smith said TB is not highly contagious, but when someone does contract the bacteria, they must take antibiotics for six months to get rid of it and reduce the chances of passing it on to others.
Harlingen school officials confirm it was a Harlingen high school student who tested positive for TB, and they add the student is no longer at the school.
Right now, Dr. Smith says they are trying to determine if the student's family needs TB treatment.
Then, they will investigate whether anyone at the school needs antibiotics as well.
He says it's not uncommon to see TB cases here in the valley, especially since we are close to Mexico, where the bacterial disease is more prevalent