HOUSTON - The State Health Department will be at El Campo High School this week testing students for tuberculosis after one student may have contracted the disease.

A team of 20 nurses will be at the school again Friday to test students and staff.

There are two ways to test for TB - through a skin test and blood work. The tests are being offered to the entire campus.

"We are treating with an abundance of caution and testing everbody," said Principal Rich Durboc.

Tuberculosis is spread through the air, most commonly by a cough. Some students may have had close contact with the sick student, which has prompted the testing.

"Hopefully, everyone is able to have some peace about being tested and whatever the result, it's treatable, Durboc said.

The disease affects the lungs but if untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body and be deadly. Parents should look for symptoms of weakness, weight loss, fever, night sweats and coughing.

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