TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2018

ADPH assists Alabama State University in TB investigation

ADPH assists Alabama State University in tuberculosis investigation
ADPH assists Alabama State University in tuberculosis investigation | Courtesy of worldatlas.com
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is assisting Alabama State University in the investigation concerning tuberculosis (TB) cases.

The first step of the investigation is to identify students and staff who could have been exposed to the TB-infected person. Potentially exposed students began to be tested for TB Thursday on the Alabama State campus.

“We have only one person diagnosed with TB who has been on the Alabama State University campus,” assistant state health officer and medical consultant Karen Landers said. “As part of our TB control program, the ADPH will determine whether persons exposed to the patient with TB have been infected with the TB germ. We will provide preventive TB medication and follow-up for any infected persons.”

One person who already received the TB treatments has experienced a relapse. Even after completing the treatment program, the patient has developed TB for a second time. The relapse was first discovered when the patient went to the ADPH for close follow-ups after completing the TB therapy course. It is rare for a patient to have a TB relapse after completing treatment.

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