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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
TEXAS: University of North Texas Student Thought to Have TB, School Says
Rachel Mehlhaff
October 14, 2011
Dallas Morning News (10.13.11) - Friday, October 14, 2011

On Wednesday, UNT notified the campus community that a student is believed to have TB. The student, who lives off campus, is receiving treatment.

"The university was notified by the [Denton] County Health Department on Tuesday with confirmation of suspect TB," said Ellen Rossetti, a university spokesperson. Altogether, 27 people on Tuesday were notified of their potential risk of TB, and they have been encouraged to receive a free TB skin test at UNT's Health and Wellness Center.

This is the second suspected TB case in Denton in about a week. A Denton High School student was hospitalized and is receiving treatment for TB. About 200 DHS students have already been tested in connection to that case. Health officials say they believe the DHS case may have come in contact with TB last year while at Ennis High School, where a TB investigation is underway.

It is unlikely there is a connection between the UNT case and the DHS case, said Sarah McKinney, spokesperson for Denton County Health Department. Risk to the community is low at this point, she said.

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