TB suspected at Alabama university

A student at Troy University in Troy, Alabama, is suspected of contracting tuberculosis recently, prompting school officials to search for other students and staff who may have been exposed.

Troy University Dean of Student Services Herb Reeves said that the school is working closely with the Alabama Department of Public Health to find those who may have had close contacts with the student, whose condition remains unreported, according to MontgomeryAdvertiser.com.

"Of course our thoughts and concerns are with the student that is affected, but because it is a suspected case we begin to take these precautionary measures to determine whether or not we have any other students that may show a concern for tuberculosis," Reeves said, WAKA.com reports.

Public health officials said that secondary cases are possible, but that TB is only spread through close personal contact. The Department of Public Health is testing an additional 200 students for the illness, according to WAKA.com.

“We are working very closely with Troy University to develop and implement a screening plan,” Dr. Mary McIntyre, assistant state health officer for disease control and prevention, said, www2.WRBL.com reports. “As with any identified case of tuberculosis in Alabama, ADPH will implement precautionary testing, investigation and control measures.”