University of Bridgeport: Person hospitalized for suspected TB

The University of Bridgeport says it is working with local and state health officials after someone at the school was hospitalized for suspected tuberculosis.

The university sent out an email notifying students and faculty about the issue, saying it is working with the local Health Department to offer testing to those who may have been at the highest risk for exposure.

Tuberculosis is an airborne disease that is transmitted through coughing or sneezing.

Martiza Bond, the city's director of Health and Social Services, says they do track cases of tuberculosis and make sure a person diagnosed with it follows the proper treatment.

Bond adds that anyone who has had a persistent cough for more than three weeks or is having chest pains and is coughing up blood should contact their health provider.

"If people want to be able to safeguard from tuberculosis, we want to make sure people are using proper protocols, like proper hand washing and using hand sanitizer, and also if they have a cold or are coughing or sneezing, use the crease of your arm," says Bond.

The university released a statement saying that aside from working with local and state health officials, student health services is also inviting people on campus to call them or local or state health agencies should anyone have questions or concerns.


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