Canada: Positive TB Tests Reported at University of Guelph
April 9, 2003
At Ontario's University of Guelph, some students have tested positive for tuberculosis, public health officials report. A clinic was opened on campus after an undergraduate engineering student tested positive for the active form of the disease. Students, faculty and staff in four classes attended by the infected individual were advised to be tested. Janice Walters, of the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit, said while there were some positive tests, she would not give a number, because officials do not yet know how many can be attributed to the sick student. Last week, over 220 people received the skin test. Walters said 34 people did not return to the campus clinic to have their test examined, and stressed the importance of those people being tested again. She said those testing positive would undergo chest X-rays to judge whether they have the active form of the disease. They will also be advised to speak to a doctor about TB antibiotics.Adapted from:
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