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Published On: Mon, Jan 14th, 2013

Idaho State University student diagnosed with TB

Officials at Idaho State University in Pocatello say a student who attended classes during the 2012 fall semester has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, or TB.

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University officials are working with health officials from Southeastern Idaho Public Health to notify students who were possibly exposed, according to a Idaho State University news release Jan. 14.

“Individuals who have had the most exposure to this TB case have been contacted with specific instructions to follow,” says Dr. Ron Solbrig, ISU Student Health Center. “TB is unlikely to be spread through brief, casual contact with a person who has TB.”

The unnamed student has begun treatment for tuberculosis.

“You can only get infected by breathing in TB germs that a person coughs into the air. You cannot get TB from someone’s clothes, drinking glass, eating utensils, handshake, toilet, or other surfaces where a TB patient has been,” reports Dr. Solbrig.

The general symptoms of TB disease include feeling sick or weak, weight loss, fever and night sweats. The symptoms of TB of the lungs include productive, prolonged cough (duration of three weeks or longer), chest pain, and coughing up blood. It should be noted that symptoms usually develop gradually and last for a prolonged period of time. This is different than symptoms of the flu, which usually come on very suddenly and go away after a couple of days to a week. Anyone experiencing symptoms of TB should contact his or her health-care provider as soon as possible for an evaluation.

The most important way to stop the spread of tuberculosis is to cover the mouth and nose when coughing, and for those with TB to take the prescribed medication as directed. Always wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.

For questions regarding testing and screening, please call Southeastern Idaho Public Health at 234-5888.

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