An IUPUI student was recently diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB). The student has been hospitalized and is no longer attending classes at this time.
In an abundance of caution, IUPUI worked closely with the Marion County Health Department to develop a plan to screen those individuals with whom the infected student may have been in contact, even though the risk of transmission is extremely low. If students, faculty and staff were not notified, there was no medical reason to believe they were at risk for potential exposure.
Screening clinics were held on campus for those notified and involved either a skin test or blood test. For those notified but unable to attend the clinics, they were advised to visit IUPUI Campus Health at the Campus Center or Coleman Hall for testing.
TB is a contagious, but very treatable disease. TB is not easily spread, even among those living in the household of the infected person, but left undiagnosed and untreated poses a public health concern. For more information about TB please go to the CDC link: http://www.cdc.gov/tb/topic/basics/default.htm or to Protect IU.