I just received a press release that Mecklenburg County Public Health is working with the NC Division of Public Health to investigate two potential cases of tuberculosis (TB) at UNC Charlotte. In partnership with UNC Charlotte Student Health Center, MCPH is working to identify and screen students, faculty and staff who may have been exposed to TB. Those who may be at risk of potential exposure have been notified and asked to contact the Student Health Center or Mecklenburg County Public Health for follow-up. The great news is that TB is a treatable infection and the risk to the general public, including students, faculty, and staff at UNC Charlotte, is low.
Interesting facts about TB:
- TB is a bacterial infection spread through close contact with an infected person through coughing, sneezing, or speaking.
- Symptoms include cough, fever, night sweats, weight loss, and loss of appetite.
- Once TB is diagnosed, it is normally successfully treated with medication.
- Many people who are exposed to TB do not become ill. However, it is important to identify if an individual has been exposed to prevent the risk of developing symptoms of TB in the future.