Testing set up after student may have tested positive for TB

Wednesday, April 16th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Tulsa Community College officials have set up a tuberculosis testing program after health officials said a student may have the disease.

The student, whose name was not released, is showing signs of having TB, Lauren Brookey, TCC's vice president for external affairs, said Tuesday.

The school has identified 172 students and eight faculty members at the Northeast and Metro campuses who might have come in contact with the student, Brookey said.

The students will receive a letter asking them to consider being tested for exposure to the disease, she said. The staff members have been notified also.

The student tested positive in two of the three tests that determine whether a person has active TB.

Someone has to come in close and frequent contact with an infected person to contract the disease, said Brenda Dale of the Health Department.

TCC officials said they do not expect a widespread outbreak of the disease even if the student is confirmed to be contagious.