ADPH investigates TB case at Auburn University
August 14, 2014
On Aug. 7, Alabama
Department of Public Health officials notified Auburn University of plans to
investigate a case of pulmonary tuberculosis identified in an Auburn University
student enrolled on the Auburn campus. ADPH and Auburn University are working closely
to ensure that university students and employees will be screened quickly.
The state and local
health departments are communicating regularly with Auburn University to keep
its faculty, administration and students updated on this ongoing process.
Dr. Karen Landers,
Assistant State Health Officer for Tuberculosis and Immunization, stated,
“We are working very closely with the university to develop and implement
a screening plan. As with any identified case of tuberculosis in Alabama, ADPH
will implement precautionary testing, investigation and control measures.”
On Aug. 13, ADPH and
university officials began identifying students enrolled in classes as well as
faculty and staff who might have been in close contact with the student.
According to the ADPH, “close contact” is defined generally as spending an
extended amount of time with the subject in a physically close environment.
Those who were in contact with the individual have been notified and testing
will begin Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Tuberculosis is a
treatable and preventable disease. Persons who were in close contact with the
suspect case will be rapidly assessed and appropriate preventive measures
taken, according to ADPH officials. The Health Department recommends that only
those individuals who were in close contact with the student need to be tested.
information, contact Pam Barrett, director of the ADPH Tuberculosis Control
Division, at (334) 467-8208.