Tuberculosis Case At UMBC

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Officials at the University of Maryland Baltimore County have a sent a letter to students and faculty confirming that someone on campus has been diagnosed with tuberculosis.

The letter did not say if it was a student or faculty member who was infected and if the person contracted the disease on campus or somewhere else. UMBC and Baltimore County health officials, who are also working on the case, declined to give further details about the victim, citing privacy concerns.

Tuberculosis is an airborne disease in the lungs. It can cause a cough, chest pain, bloody mucus, weakness, weight loss, chills, fever and night sweats.

The health services office at UMBC worked with the Baltimore County Department of Health to isolate and treat the infected person. The health department is conducting an investigation to determine how many people may have been exposed. They are also notifying anyone who may have been in contact with the person so they can also be tested.

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