Active tuberculosis found at University of Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A University of Missouri student has left campus voluntarily after being diagnosed with active tuberculosis, the MU News Bureau said in a news release Monday.

MU officials are working with local health authorities as they identify other people who need to be tested for the illness, the release said.

“The student has been extremely cooperative with campus and local health officials,” Susan Even, director of the MU Student Health Center, said in the release. “We’ll continue to provide any assistance necessary to the Columbia/Boone County Health department and provide the community with periodic updates.”

It wasn’t clear when the student was diagnosed or when he or she left campus. 

Anyone at high risk will be advised to get tested for TB on campus or at the health department, the release said. MU said it will release no other information about the student or his or her condition because of federal privacy laws.

Active tuberculosis occurs when a person infected with the bacterium that causes tuberculosis begins to show symptoms of the infection. About 5 to 10 percent of those infected progress to active disease, according to the National Institutes of Health

Health authorities say more than 2 billion people worldwide might be infected, but the lowest rates of infection are in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Western Europe and Australia. 

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