Officials release update on University of Alabama TB case
The student was enrolled in classes on campus for the spring 2015 semester. The student has not been at the campus as of May 2015, but the student may have been infectious with the illness beginning in Jan. 2015.
The student is receiving treatments, and health officials estimate that the individual will be fully recovered. The University of Alabama is closely cooperating with the ADPH to guarantee that there is an appropriate and timely response to the TB case.
TB is a preventable, treatable airborne disease. It spreads through sneezing or coughing and not through sharing foods and beverages, shaking a person’s hand, touching toilet seats or bed linens, kissing, or sharing toothbrushes.
“TB is not easily transmitted, and even individuals who are exposed to the bacteria may not get sick,” Pam Barrett, director of the division of TB Control with the ADPH, said. “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.”