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37 Amarillo middle-schoolers exposed to tuberculosis

There is growing concern in Amarillo on Friday night about exposure to a potentially deadly disease.

Officials at Fannin Middle School said that 37 students have been exposed to tuberculosis.

Health officials began tests at the school after one case was confirmed there in March.

But local parent Sherry Carter, whose daughter tested positive, said that she understands there is no reason to worry yet.

"It is not the school's fault that this has happened," Carter said. "They are taking care of it appropriately. We just want to make sure that she is taken care of."

The district said no active tuberculosis cases have been identified.

And it's important to understand that exposure does not mean a child has active TB.

Those who tested positive for exposure will be treated with medication for nine months.

The testing, doctor visits and medication are provided at no charge by the Health Department in Amarillo.

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