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Tuberculosis Case Confirmed At University Of Houston

Nobody else on campus has developed symptoms of TB at this time. UH is working with the Houston Health Department to identify any individuals who should be tested.

This image shows the bacteria that cause tuberculosis.

The University of Houston reported on Tuesday an individual on the campus is being treated for tuberculosis by Houston health officials. At this time, nobody else on campus has developed symptoms of TB, the university said. The person is being treated away from the campus and is no longer a health risk to others, according to a statement on the UH website. 

Dr. Vanessa Tilney, Executive Director and Chief Physician at UH’s Student Health Center, said the university is working closely with the Houston Health Department to identify any student, faculty or staff member who should be tested for TB infection.

The Houston Health Department will determine who needs testing based on the type of exposure a student or employee has had to the sick individual. The city will send letters to specific people who need to be tested.

Tuberculosis is a disease that spreads through the air by a person with active tuberculosis. The bacteria that cause TB are generally only transmitted to people who have prolonged close contact with someone with infectious tuberculosis.

Casual contact is generally not sufficient for transmission of the TB bacteria.

You can visit this website for a list of UH Health resources and answers to frequently asked questions about this case.  For more information about TB, you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or Texas Department of State Health Services.

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