Health department 'pleased' with TB test results at ASU | News
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA)- Alabama Department of Public Health officials say they are pleased with the results of hundreds of tuberculosis tests on students and staff at Alabama State University.
The state identified about 600 students who were possibly exposed to TB after a student tested positive last week.
Of the 428 test results returned, nine of them were positive for latent TB infection, according to Pam Fortner, the state director of the division of TB control.
Fortner said those nine people will be further evaluated Thursday and have chest X-rays. She says that nine out of 428 tests is less than the background rate of infection in the state.
The remaining students who weren't tested Friday are being tested Thursday on campus.
Fortner said there is no reason to suspect any more cases of active TB on the campus at this time.
The student with the infection presented documentation indicating a negative test for TB before he or she was admitted this semester.
ASU officials said that only those who were in close contact with the student need to be tested. According to the ADPH, "close contact" is defined as spending an extended amount of time with the subject in a physically close environment.
Student or ASU employees who has any questions may contact ASU's Health Services manager, Gwendolyn Mann, at 229-4438 or 229-4570.
Any members of the general public who have questions may contact the ADPH at 334-206-5300.
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