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Brandeis Student Struck With Tuberculosis

About 250 students are being tested for the disease.

A Brandeis University student has fallen ill with tuberculosis, according to the Boston Globe. 

As a result, the university is testing 250 students.

The stricken student was diagnosed on Dec. 3 and is being treated in isolation, according to the Globe. About five students who had further contact with the ill student have already been tested and are awaiting results. 

Tuberculosis is a contagious disases that impacts the lungs. Symptoms can include a cough for more than three weeks, weakness, chills, fever and weight loss among other others. If not treated, it can be fatal. 

Individuals contract it by breating infected air droptlets from others who have TB, according to the Globe. 

Lydia Magill December 08, 2012 at 01:15 PM
It's time for Brandeis to ensure that all their 3rd world students and faculty are properly vaccinated. The World Health Organization and the CDC recently released reports about the rise of tuberculosis in the US, and that it has been tracked directly back to countries who do not vaccinate.
TheHam December 10, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Another reason why illegal immigrants should NOT be in our country (I said illegal, not legal). If my child comes home with TB, I'm suing the schools for allowing non-vaccinated children into OUR school systems. McDevitt, get ready!
Annette C December 22, 2012 at 05:54 AM
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/immunization/guidelines-ma-school-requirements.pdf http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/id/tb/testing-screening/public-health-cdc-tb-testing-people.html These are the regulations followed. If you are truly concerned you could call the DPH in Waltham and they will be able to better explain the procedures.

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