Tuberculosis on Western's Campus

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

TB is a bacterial infection that usually affects the lungs, but can also affect any part of the body.

Officials from Western Kentucky University and the Barren River Health Department are investigating this case.

The student lives off campus, and their name is not being released. Officials say the student contracted the infection nearly five days ago.

Communicable Disease Nurse, Rebecca Tyree says that the student was diagnosed by a private physician based on chest x-rays.

She notes that both health departments will be conducting an investigation but the student is expected to make a full recovery. According to Western health official Libby Greaney, this is the first case of TB on WKU's campus and the school is taking precautions to avoid more outbreaks.

The school is going to the student's classrooms and educating them about tuberculosis and is offering to pay for free testing next week as well as the three-month follow-up testing.

Anyone who feels they might have contracted tuberculosis is urged to contact Western's health services at 745-5641 or the Barren River Health Department at 781-8039.

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