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WASHINGTON: Some University of Washington Students Could Be at




 

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (05.26.04) - Wednesday, May 26,

Health officials are tracking down and testing hundreds of University of Washington students and faculty who may have been exposed to a student with active TB. The student was diagnosed while home for spring break and was likely infected while in another country, though that remains uncertain, said Dr. Jean Haulman, associate medical director for public health at UW's Hall Health Center. About 120 people were in close enough proximity - sharing the student's dorm hall and classrooms - to be considered at risk for infection, said Haulman. A larger group of students who may have had from brief-to-medium contact with the student during winter quarter are also being contacted, though they are considered at low TB-risk, she said. "We want to be conservative about this," Haulman said, adding that the infected student is on medication and doing well.



 


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