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Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has notified Troy University that a Troy Campus student, who resides off campus, has been diagnosed with tuberculosis. This website will provide members of the TROY family with ongoing information and updates.

ADPH official discusses tuberculosis case

Pam Barrett, director of the Alabama Department of Public Health's Division of Tuberculosis Control, discusses the facts and background of the tuberculosis case at Troy University.

 

Update: 4 p.m. 10/19/17

Students who have been identified as having been in close contact with the student diagnosed with TB will be notified by email by the University starting this afternoon.

Testing for those students will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Room 224 of the Trojan Center. Only students contacted by the University need to be tested.

Anyone who is not contacted but is concerned about potential exposure is urged to contact the student health center or a personal physician for information and/or testing.

For more information contact Pam Barrett, Director, Division of TB Control for ADPH at 334-206-6228 or pam.barrett@adph.state.al.us.

 

10/19/17
Statement to the Troy Campus

The Troy Campus student diagnosed with tuberculosis is receiving treatment under the direction of ADPH and has been directed to remain at home. The University community and ADPH are working to ensure that the student receives the necessary support and treatment.

Tuberculosis is a treatable and preventable disease. It is transmissible only through “close contact” with an infected individual for a prolonged period of time. According to the ADPH, close contact is defined as spending an extended amount of time with the subject in a physically close environment.

Troy University officials are working closely with ADPH to ensure anyone who has had close contact with the affected individual is identified and tested for TB. This includes students in the same classes, faculty and staff.

Only individuals identified as having had close contact with the affected student are required to be tested. These people will be contacted soon by University officials. Anyone who is not contacted but is concerned about potential exposure is urged to contact the student health center or a personal physician for information and/or testing.

For additional information, contact Pam Barrett, director of the Alabama Department of Public Health Tuberculosis Control Division, at (334) 206-6228 or (334) 467-8208.

 

10/19/17
Statement from the Alabama Department of Public Health

On October 18, Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) officials notified Troy University of plans to investigate a case of pulmonary tuberculosis identified in a Troy University student enrolled on the main Troy campus. ADPH and Troy 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 Troy University to keep its faculty, administration and students updated on this ongoing process.

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 tuberculosis in Alabama, ADPH will implement precautionary testing, investigation and control measures.”

On October 18, 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 will be notified soon, and testing begins next week.

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 who were in close contact with the student need to be tested.

For additional information, contact Pam Barrett, director of the Alabama Department of Public Health Tuberculosis Control Division, at (334) 206-6228 or (334) 467-8208.

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