An energetic case of tuberculosis has been recognized within the Dartmouth neighborhood

An energetic case of tuberculosis has been recognized within the Dartmouth neighborhood

In response to the school, a member of the neighborhood affected by tuberculosis is receiving remedy and assist.

by Dartmouth Senior Employees
| 10/31/22 4:27 p.m


Up to date October 31, 2022 at 6:40 p.m

The faculty introduced Monday {that a} member of the Dartmouth neighborhood has been identified with an energetic case of tuberculosis in cooperation with the New Hampshire Division of Well being and Human Providers. The person is presently in isolation and receiving medical care and assist, Well being Providers Director Mark Reed wrote in an electronic mail to all college students, school and employees.

The School is working with state well being officers to establish different individuals who could have been uncovered to the energetic case, Reed mentioned. Over the following few days, he wrote, state well being officers will contact all people recognized as shut contacts to allow them to be examined.

School spokeswoman Diane Lawrence added that contacts is not going to should be quarantined.

Reid wrote that solely individuals with energetic TB — versus latent TB, during which the bacterium that causes the illness lives within the physique with out inflicting sickness — change into sick or in a position to unfold the illness to others. In response to Reid, individuals with energetic TB, which may be handled with antibiotics, can unfold the illness in the event that they “cough, discuss or sing round others”; tuberculosis can’t be transmitted by actions comparable to shaking arms or ingesting from somebody’s glass.

A scholar at Dartmouth in January 2020 constructive end result with tuberculosis. In response to the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, there have been solely 7,860 instances of energetic TB within the US in 2021, or 2.4 per 100,000 individuals. The illness is uncommon in New Hampshire, with simply 12 energetic instances in 2020. Danger components for energetic TB embody substance abuse or HIV an infection.

Reed didn’t reply to a request for remark by press time.

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