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16 University of Texas-Arlington Students Have TB Bacteria

April 3, 2003

Sixteen University of Texas-Arlington students have tested positive for tuberculosis bacteria. After a student developed the pneumonia-like symptoms associated with TB, health officials tested 100 of the student's classmates. Sixteen were found to have the airborne bacteria but not the symptoms. Gerry Burgess, division manager for TB elimination in the Tarrant County Public Health Department, said she "had anticipated having a much higher number be positive because there was a high number of foreign-born students in the classrooms." The students are taking medication to reduce their chances of developing TB.

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Adapted from:
Star-Telegram (Arlington, Texas)
04.01.03; Patrick Mcgee



  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 

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