Mizzou student voluntarily leaves campus after contracting tuberculosis

MU student reported to have TB

COLUMBIA, MO (KFVS) - Officials at the University of Missouri say that a student has voluntarily left campus after being diagnosed with active tuberculosis.

According to a news release, the University and Student Health and University Physicians are working with the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services as they identify those who might need testing.

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

According to the CDC, TB is most often spread airborne when someone with active tuberculosis of the lungs coughs near other individuals.

Those at the highest risk will be asked to receive TB testing at an appropriate location, which includes the Student Health Center, University Hospital or the Columbia/Boone County Health Department.

Anyone with positive test results will be provided with appropriate treatment.

Due to privacy laws, the student’s identity and information about their condition will not be made public.

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