Monday, April 9, 2018

TB case at Ole Miss

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement. 


Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) announces that a case of active tuberculosis (TB) has been confirmed in a student at the University of Mississippi’s Oxford campus.  MSDH has been working with officials from the University of Mississippi to identify students and staff who may have been potentially exposed to the active TB case. 


MSDH with cooperation from the University will initially test approximately 500 individuals for TB infection. The individuals will be notified by a letter with details about the upcoming testing. A second round of testing may be necessary in the next several weeks for those who may have been exposed more recently.

Exposure to active TB disease can result in TB infection.  TB infection is not contagious and has no symptoms, but can develop into active TB disease over time.  A course of treatment is recommended for those with TB infection in order to prevent future TB disease. Symptoms of active TB disease include fever, weight loss, night sweats and cough.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Brandi Hephner LaBanc said, “The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is a top priority for the University of Mississippi. We will continue to work closely with the Mississippi State Department of Health and appreciate and trust their guidance and assistance to ensure the public health of our community.” 

State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers explained that cases of TB are seen every year in the state and sometimes these kinds of investigations in school and university settings are necessary. Ensuring that individuals potentially exposed to active TB disease are tested and treated if needed is an activity MSDH conducts routinely.”

 

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Probably from sucking it up on the baseball diamond this weekend. Hey ohhhh!!!!

Signed,

Bulldog who forgot to pour beer on my buddy's head.

Anonymous said...

One case of TB and a thousand cases of VD.

Anonymous said...

Musta been a wild and crazy party!

Anonymous said...

Back when I went to Ole Miss, we all stayed away from TB because our parents taught us better....kids these days.

Anonymous said...

I'm just glad that we don't have to concern ourselves with bovine related sexually transmitted diseases like our leg hamper friends.

Anonymous said...

There's a case of tuberculosis on the campus at Ole Miss that has the potential to negatively impact the health and well being of students and faculty, and people are coming on here laughing and being happy about it because they don't like the university's sports teams.

No class at all.

Anonymous said...

Without sounding foreign-phobic was this case from a out of state student?

Anonymous said...

In 2016, a total of 9,272 cases of TB were reported in the United States. This case count is a small decrease from 2015, and the lowest number of TB cases on record. TB cases were reported in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The overall TB case rate declined to 2.9 cases per 100,000 persons.~Nov 17, 2017
When you look at it this way, 1 case is not a good thing, but certainly not a crisis.

F mickns said...

"Exposure to active TB disease can result in TB infection. TB infection is not contagious and has no symptoms, but can develop into active TB disease over time."

Huh? Infected persons are not capable of spreading the disease but the infection may be developed in the future?

I am totally confused.

Is TB an infectious disease capable of spreading due to casual contact or not?

Mel Blanc said...

"Without sounding foreign-phobic was this case from a out of state student? "

Si.

Anonymous said...

Harvard of the South!

Paul Mitchell said...

I'm with Frank on this one, I'm confused on the communicability of tuberculosis. Only first hand exposure can actually spread the disease, but someone that had first hand exposure can contract the infection and carry it until it is full blown TB? Then you have a whole new set of exposed folks, right?

Sounds like everyone that has come into contact with the exposed person needs to be quarantined, immediately. Is that how that works?

Forgive me, I thought TB was pretty much wiped out in the United States.

Anonymous said...

"Forgive me, I thought TB was pretty much wiped out in the United States."

It had been, before being re-introduced by those who came illegally from other countries, all of which had free government-provided health care, unlike that darned old USA, surprisingly enough.

"Sounds like everyone that has come into contact with the exposed person needs to be quarantined, immediately. Is that how that works?"

Not so extreme - anyone in contact with an "index case" (i.e., someone with active Tbc) needs to be tested for evidence of active disease. Those with it need full treatment. Those who show evidence of being exposed to Tbc need prophylactic treatment to prevent them from developing the disease.

Paul Mitchell said...

Thanks, 9:56. So, you would recommend anyone that has been in close proximity of the primary case to be tested? That's unnerving.

I think I'm going to stay at home for a while.

Anonymous said...

According to wikipedia (RTFM people!), 5-10% of the USA has latent TB.

Cannot xfer until active. 10% of latent turns into active.

Anonymous said...

"Thanks, 9:56. So, you would recommend anyone that has been in close proximity of the primary case to be tested? That's unnerving."

Absolutely. Health Department contacts those known to be exposed. People do not need to wait to be contacted but can go to their family doctor to get a PPD test (skin test) and chest X-ray to get started.

Anonymous said...

TB is spread through the air when the bacteria is active in someone's lungs or throat.

It can be spread when they cough, speak or sing. It's not spread by touch contact like shaking hands, or kissing or sharing food or on surfaces. You can have TB in other parts of your body like your kidneys and not infect others.

You can have TB and never get sick as your immune system keeps it from becoming " active" until or unless your immune system is compromised in some way.

The people most likely to get TB, are those in daily contact with the person who has an active case...family and close friend and classmates.

They need to be tested and treated before their TB becomes active should it become active.

To say it's not contagious is a bit misleading. It's not necessarily contagious unless the TB is active.

Anonymous said...

It never ceases to amaze how vicious the in state school rivalries are or how some Mississippians can take joy in or find humor in the misfortune of their fellow Mississippians. And, frankly, that includes their fellow Americans as well.
The lack of State and National identification is not seen to such an extreme save perhaps in Alabama and Kentucky.
It's not just indicative of too many citizens with a lack of class and character, it's indicative of stupidity when you can't see beyond your own noses which are, without justification, either in the air or constantly sniffing the huge log on your shoulder.

Anonymous said...

If it's active in someone's throat yet can't be spread by kissing, that would make absolutely no sense.

Anonymous said...

Agreed, 10:15. People have family at Ole Miss - kids who are students and may be exposed, so of course Bubba Ballcap sees that as a great opportunity to come on here and brag about a college baseball victory.

Maybe they'll find it has spread to a number of other students and there's a genuine health emergency. That'd be a perfectly appropriate time for you to come back here and talk more college sports!

Stay classy.

A Manifestation of Blind Hatred said...

So the first poster's comment amounts to this:

"Ha ha ha!! Y'all got TB because y'all suck at baseball!! Hail State!! We're better'n Ole Piss at sports!! We ring true!! TSUN Sucks!! Lemme go pour beer on Billy Bob's head to celebrate because we beat y'all and y'all got TB on your campus!!

Anonymous said...

You gonna be O.K., 1:41?

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