Troy officials studying possible TB outbreak

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 8, 2011

On Nov. 4, Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) officials notified Troy University of plans to investigate a suspected case of pulmonary tuberculosis identified in a Troy University student enrolled on the Troy Campus. ADPH and Troy University are working closely to ensure that University students and employees will be screened quickly.

The local health department is communicating regularly with Troy University to keep its faculty, administration, and students updated on this ongoing process.

On Monday, ADPH and University officials began visiting students enrolled in classes with the student to identify those who might have been in close contact with the student. In addition, the university is identifying close friends of the student for assessment. According to the ADPH, “close contact” is defined generally as spending an extended amount of time with the subject in a physically close environment.