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MAINE: Hundreds at Maine College Urged to Get TB Test After Possible Exposure


Portland Press Herald (01.17.2014)

Portland Press Herald recently reported that up to 300 individuals associated with Central Maine Community College (CMCC) in Auburn, Maine, are being strongly encouraged to be screened for TB after exposure to a student diagnosed with an active case of TB who was hospitalized for treatment. According to CMCC President Scott Knapp, he was notified by state officials about the case on January 10, and emails and letters were sent to all individuals who may have been exposed to the student over a 12-week period. The college reopened on January 21 after its winter break and will offer free on-campus TB tests administered by the state CDC on January 27 and January 29. Since there is about a 10-week period between infection and testing positive for TB, state officials will return to the campus in late February to offer an additional round of free TB screening.


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