UA student receiving treatment for active case of TB

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The Alabama Department of Public Health said a University of Alabama student is receiving treatment in another state for an active case of Tuberculosis.

The ADPH has reported that the student has not been on UA’s campus since May, but could have been infected as early as January of 2015. UA is working with ADPH to ensure a timely and appropriate response to the case.

“TB is not easily transmitted, and even individuals who are exposed to the bacteria may not get sick,” said Pam Barrett, director of the division of TB Control with the ADPH. “However, out of an abundance of caution, the Alabama Department of Public Health is testing those members of the University community who are believed to have had close contact with the student.”

ADPH is working to notify individuals who are believed to have been in contact with the student. These individuals may have spent extended periods of time with the student in a physically close environment.

TB is an airborne disease spread via coughing or sneezing. It can not be contracted through shaking hands, sharing food or drinks, touching bed linens or toilet seats, sharing toothbrushes or kissing. It cannot be contracted from someone’s clothing, drinking glass, eating utensils or other surfaces.

The student is expected to make a full recovery.

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