FORMER UA STUDENT TREATED FOR TUBERCULOSIS
The Alabama Department of Public Health confirms with the University of Alabama,
a student enrolled on campus during the spring 2015 semester is receiving treatment for an active case of tuberculosis.
This student is no longer enrolled at UA and is receiving treatment in another state.
We’re told the student has not been on campus since May 2015, but could have been infectious as early as January 2015.
TB is a treatable and preventable airborne disease. it can be transmitted through air from coughing and sneezing,
It is not spread through activity like shaking someone’s hand, sharing food or drink or kissing.
ADPH officials say there is only a slight risk that individuals who had close contact with the student have been exposed to TB.
One hundred sixty people who are currently on campus have been notified to be tested.
Around 90 who are no longer enrolled, are being notified as well.
Testing will be done Tuesday, August 26 from 2:00-4:00 PM at the Ferguson Center.