Today the Alabama Department of Public Health released a statement saying an Auburn student contracted Pulmonary Tuberculosis. The statement said ADPH and the university are working closely to ensure quick screening for university students and employees.
Dr. Burnestine Taylor, Medical Officer, Disease Control and Prevention, stated, “We are working very closely with the university to develop and implement a screening plan. As with any identified case of TB in Alabama, ADPH will implement precautionary testing, investigation and control measures.”
On May 9, 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.
ADPH describes “close contact” as spending an extended amount of time with the infected person in a physically close environment.
Officials say those who were in contact with the infected person have been notified and testing begins Thursday, May 17.
ADPH says Pulmonary Tuberculosis is a treatable and preventable disease.