Tuberculosis case identified at Dartmouth

Tuberculosis case identified at Dartmouth

Tuberculosis case identified at Dartmouth


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He is infected in isolation and receiving medical help and support.

Tuberculosis case identified at Dartmouth

Dartmouth College has announced an active case of tuberculosis in its community. Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist/The New York Times

New Hampshire health officials have found an active case of tuberculosis at Dartmouth College, according to letter from the Ivy League school’s director of health services.

dr. Mark Reed, director of Dartmouth College Health Services, did not say whether the person was a student or a staff member. They are in isolation and receiving medical attention and support, he wrote.

The college is working with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to identify anyone who may have been exposed to active tuberculosis, according to Reed. Over the next few days, state health officials will reach out to those contacts so they can be screened, he said.

Close contacts are not required to quarantine or isolate, college spokeswoman Diana Lawrence told Boston.com in an email.

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by bacteria and usually attacks the lungs, although the kidneys, spine or brain can also be affected, according to center for disease control and prevention. It is spread through the air when a person who has contagious tuberculosis in the lungs or throat coughs, speaks or sings, according to the CDC.

Tuberculosis is not spread by shaking hands or drinking from someone’s glass, Reed said.

Last year, New Hampshire saw 12 registered cases of tuberculosis, while in the USA it was recorded 7,860 cases. However, worldwide, tuberculosis is the 13th leading cause of death and the second leading infectious killer behind COVID-19, according to World Health Organization. According to the WHO, a total of 1.6 million people died from this disease in 2021.

Not everyone who gets infected gets sick; some may have latent TB, meaning they don’t get sick and can’t spread TB to others, Reed explained. People with active tuberculosis feel sick and can spread the disease. Both conditions are treatable.

This is not Dartmouth’s the first brush with tuberculosis in recent years — the college also saw an active case in 2020.

“We understand that this may seem like additional stress,” Reed wrote, encouraging students to contact Dartmouth College Health Services with questions and for support.



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