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UNC student tests positive for tuberculosis, no longer on campus

A student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill tested positive for tuberculosis, the school announced Friday. The student has returned home for isolation.
A student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill tested positive for tuberculosis, the school announced Friday. The student has returned home for isolation. KRT

A Carolina student tested positive for active tuberculosis, said a statement from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The student, who was not identified, is not on campus anymore and has moved back home for isolation, according to the statement released on Friday, Oct. 13.

Tuberculosis is a disease caused by bacteria and can spread through the air from person to person, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tuberculosis bacteria most commonly grow in the lungs.

“A small number of individuals may have previously been exposed to this student,” the statement said. “The University is working closely with the Orange County Health Department to contact these individuals and to ensure that they receive appropriate testing and, if necessary, treatment.”

A person can be infected with the tuberculosis bacteria and not show symptoms of being sick, according to the CDC. Once the bacteria is activated in the body, it can spread to other people.

Common symptoms of tuberculosis, according to the CDC:

  • A bad cough that lasts 3 weeks or longer
  • Pain in the chest
  • Coughing up blood or sputum (mucus from deep inside the lungs)
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • No appetite
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Sweating at night

Camila Molina: 919-829-4538, @Cmolina__

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