Marquette Community Health Advisory
Feb. 8, 2005
The Milwaukee Health Department and Marquette are closely
working together after learning that a Marquette student who
lives off campus has tested positive for tuberculosis (TB).
The student is receiving appropriate medical care and
is no longer on campus. Marquette and the health department
are identifying those who may have come into contact with
the individual and they will be offered testing for TB.
Under federal law, Marquette is not allowed to disclose personal
information about the individual with TB or those identified
for TB testing.
TB is a disease caused by bacteria. TB is spread from one
person to another and is put into the air when a person with
TB coughs or sneezes. People who are infected with latent
TB do not feel sick, do not have any symptoms, and cannot
spread TB. But they may develop TB disease at some time
in the future.
Individuals with TB can be readily cured through medical treatment
and those who have latent TB but are not yet ill can take
medicine so that they will never develop TB. Additional
information about TB is available online at http://www.cdc.gov/nchstp/tb/faqs/qa.htm
from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Everyone identified by the Milwaukee Health Department and
Marquette will receive testing for TB. According to
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the vast majority
of persons who test positive for TB exposure never go on to
develop active tuberculosis. With treatment, the risk
of developing TB is lowered to below 1 percent. In addition,
a small percentage of college and university students in the
United States have a positive TB skin test even in the absence
of any known exposure. The vast majority of these people
do not have TB and they are not infectious to others.
A positive skin test simply indicates that their immune system
has responded to the presence of TB at some point in their
Marquette will continue to work with the Milwaukee Health
Department in the coming days and further information will
be provided as warranted. Members of the Marquette community,
including students, faculty and staff as well as parents or
guardians with questions about TB or the investigation can
call the Student Health Service at 8-7184.
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Brigid O'Brien Miller
Director of University Communication
Phone: (414) 288-7445