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PENNSYLVANIA: F&M Student Diagnosed with Tuberculosis: Department of Health Steps in to Contain Infection


LancasterOnline (02.24.2014)

LancasterOnline reported that a student at Franklin & Marshall (F&M) College recently received a TB diagnosis. F&M officials believe that only a few peers and staff came into close contact with the infected student. TB is an air-borne communicable bacterial infection that can be fatal if left untreated. In cooperation with the state health department, the college provided the names of those at risk for exposure so they can be tested. The test results will govern next steps, if needed. “We believe the exposure was limited [and] we’re fully cooperating with the health department, which has jurisdiction in these cases,” said Julia C. Ferrante, director of media relations at F&M. The student, who has not been identified, was believed to be a resident on campus but is now at home, according to Ferrante. The college sent a letter last week to staff and students to reassure them that they should not worry, and that TB “is not spread from casual contact with someone, or from kissing and sharing food and drinks.” Dr. Amy A. Myers, director of Student Health Services, signed the letter.


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