Tuberculosis case confirmed at New Jersey school; state officials begin testing

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BRANCHBURG, New Jersey (PIX11) – A health alert has been declared at Raritan Valley Community College after an “individual associated” with the school was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis (TB).

Raritan Valley Community College (Wikipedia)

Raritan Valley Community College (Wikipedia)

The school is cooperating with state law regarding a confirmed case of TB, and testing is now being done for those individuals who may have become infected.  The university has notified all of those people by email and certified mail, so anyone who hasn’t been notified isn’t at risk, according to school officials.

The airborne disease can be fatal if not treated, and can attack any part of the body, including the kidney, spine and brain.  Those infected may or may not show symptoms.  Someone with a latent TB infection won’t feel sick or be able to spread the disease as their bodies fight the bacteria and stop them from growing.  If the patient’s body can’t stop the TB bacteria from multiplying, she will become sick and contagious.

For more information about the disease, see the Centers for Disease Control site.