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
"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.
To learn more about TB, visit: www.cdc.gov:80/tb/faqs.