Central Maine Community College urges testing for hundreds after TB diagnosis

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Central Maine Community College will kick off the spring semester with information sessions about tuberculosis after roughly 300 people affiliated with the school were warned last week of possible exposure to the bacterial disease.

State health officials informed the college on Jan. 10 that an individual associated with CMCC recently was hospitalized for tuberculosis, according to CMCC President Scott Knapp. The next week, the school began emailing about 300 students, faculty and staff who had close contact with the infected person, urging them to get tested for the disease, he said. The emails were followed by mailed letters on Jan. 17, he said.

CMCC will host a free TB testing clinic administered by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on campus on Monday, Jan. 27. Maine CDC staff also will be available at three TB informational sessions scheduled for Thursday, according to school officials.

“There are a lot of questions” on the 3,000-student campus, Knapp said Tuesday.

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