Case of Tuberculosis on Campus
April 23, 2019
Dear University of Houston Community,
The Houston Health Department has informed the University of Houston and UH Student Health Center leadership that an individual on this campus is being treated for active tuberculosis (TB).
TB is a disease that spreads through the air by a person with active TB disease. The bacteria that cause TB are generally only transmitted to people who have prolonged close contact with someone with infectious tuberculosis. Casual contact is generally not sufficient for transmission of the TB bacteria. At this time, nobody else on this campus has developed symptoms of TB.
The University is working closely with the Houston Health Department to identify any student, faculty or staff member who should be tested for TB infection. The Houston Health Department determines who needs testing based on the type of exposure a student or employee has had to the sick individual. If you are identified as someone who needs to be tested, a separate letter will be sent to you with the date, time and location for testing.
Houston Health Department officials will be on campus on Monday, April 29 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room West - Student Center South, and Tuesday, April 30, 11 a.m. – noon, in the Multipurpose Room West - Student Center South, to give a presentation for faculty, students and staff about tuberculosis and to answer any questions you might have.
For a list of UH Health resources and answers to frequently asked questions about this case, visit this site. For more information about TB, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or Texas Department of State Health Services.
Please be assured that we are taking this situation seriously, with your wellbeing in mind.
Vanessa Tilney, M.D.
Executive Director/Chief Physician
UH Student Health Center
Specific questions and concerns should be directed to the Houston Health Department at 832-393-5169 (Option) or 832-393-4799.