BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — On August 7, the Alabama Department of Public Health notified officials from Auburn University of plans to investigate a case of pulmonary tuberculosis found in a student enrolled at the Auburn campus. ADPH and Auburn University are working closely to implement a screening plan to ensure other students and employee safety.
Dr. Karen Larsen, Asisstant State Health Officer for Tuberculosis and Immunization, said, “With any identified case of tuberculosis in Alabama, ADPH will implement precautionary testing, investigation, and control measures.”
On August 13, ADPH and university officials began identifying those who came in “close contact” with the student. “Close contact” is defined generally as spending an extended amount of time with the subject in a physically close environment. Those in contact were notified and testing began Tuesday.
Tuberculosis is a treatable and preventable disease, and, according to ADPH officials, appropriate measures have been taken to do so. The Health Department recommends only those individuals who were in close contact with the student need to be tested.
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