The Mississippi State Department of Health has confirmed an active case of tuberculosis (TB) in a student at the University of Mississippi.
MSDH is working closely with the University to identify students and staff who may have been exposed.
The two entities will be working together to initially test approximately 500 people for the infection. Individuals will be notified by mail about the testing. Health officials say they may need a second round of testing in the next few weeks to see if others have been exposed.
Exposure to active TB can lead to infection. At least one course of treatment is recommended for those who test positive to prevent it from developing into the full-blown disease.
Symptoms include; fever, weight loss, night sweats and cough.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers explained that cases of TB are seen every year in the state and sometimes these kinds of investigations in school and university settings are necessary. Ensuring that individuals potentially exposed to active TB disease are tested and treated if needed is an activity MSDH conducts routinely.”