Health & Medicine

UOP student in Sacramento has active TB

Dr. Fred Stargardter, a radiologist checks over chest x-rays at the Sacramento County Primary Care Center on Stockton Blvd as part of a tuberculosis screening. Wednesday November 7, 2001.
Dr. Fred Stargardter, a radiologist checks over chest x-rays at the Sacramento County Primary Care Center on Stockton Blvd as part of a tuberculosis screening. Wednesday November 7, 2001. Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

A student at the University of the Pacific’s Sacramento campus has been diagnosed with active tuberculosis, the school acknowledged Saturday.

A spokeswoman for the University of the Pacific, which operates McGeorge Law School and other programs in Sacramento, said people who came in contact with the infected student were tested Monday. She did not know whether any of those tests came back positive.

“There may be more than I’m aware of,” UOP’s Claudia Morain said in a Saturday telephone interview.

The law school informed its students, staff and faculty of the student’s diagnosis in a Feb. 12 letter that stated others who might need testing also would be notified.

“This student has been isolated and no longer poses a risk to students, faculty or staff,” and the school is “fully cooperating with Sacramento County Division of Public Health,” the letter said.

Tuberculosis is a bacterial lung infection that is spread through the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes or even laughs. Still, it is not considered highly contagious, according to the American Lung Association.

When the disease becomes active it can produce a range of symptoms, including persistent cough, unrelenting fatigue, weight loss, fever, night sweats and coughing up blood. Not everyone carrying the germ, however, develops the active TB disease, and those who do may feel well or merely develop an occasional cough.

An American River College student had a case of active tuberculosis in November, and at least four local K-12 schools have had active cases of TB in the past two years. Franklin High School, Franklin Elementary School and Florin High School each had a case last year, and Grant High School had a case in 2014.

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