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First round of screening done after AU student develops active TB

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AUBURN, AL (WSFA) -

Officials with the Alabama Department of Public Health say the first round of testing is almost complete following an investigation after an Auburn University student was diagnosed with an active case of pulmonary tuberculosis.

The Alabama Department of Public Health says 8 people tested positive for TB infection and have had chest x-rays and symptom screening. Those who tested positive have been given preventative medicine to keep from getting the disease. No other students or faculty have been diagnosed with active TB. Those screened will be re screened in 8 to 10 weeks.

ADPH says although some have tested positive for TB infection it does not mean they have TB or that they can spread it to others. What this test means is that they have the germ that causes TB. It does not mean for sure that they will develop TB. 

On August 13, the department and university officials began to identify students, faculty and staff who may have been in close contact with the student. Officials say they are now working to ensure that those university students and employees are screened quickly. Those who were identified as being in contact with the individual have been notified and testing will begin Tuesday, August 19.

"We are working very closely with the university to develop and implement a screening plan," said Dr. Karen Landers, Assistant State Health Officer for Tuberculosis and Immunization. "As with any identified case of tuberculosis in Alabama, ADPH will implement precautionary testing, investigation and control measures."

According to ADPH, "close contact" is defined as spending an extended amount of time with the subject in a physically close environment. Tuberculosis is a treatable and preventable disease and the health department recommends that only those individuals who were in close contact with the student need to be tested.

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