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Students, staff at UH-Hilo notified about possible exposure to TB

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About 120 UH-Hilo students and staff members may have been exposed to tuberculosis, and will be counseled on whether they need to be tested.

The state Health Department said a person on the campus was diagnosed with TB, but no related cases were found.

The case comes a week after a similar situation at Waipahu High.

Dr. Virginia Pressler, state health director, said a clinic for TB testing will be held at UH-Hilo this month. 

The Health Department will only test people who had regular close contact with the patient.

“The University of Hawaii Hilo campus activities and all classes can be held as scheduled with no safety concerns related to the past possible exposure,” Pressler said, in a news release.

“We don’t expect to find more individuals with infectious TB disease, but we hope to identify individuals who may have had recent exposure, are not contagious, and could benefit from preventative medication.”

The state said it conducted an "extensive investigation" after being informed of the active TB case. Officials did not say when the patient was diagnosed, but said the individual is getting treatment and is no longer infectious.

TB is commonly seen in the lungs and can be spread from person-to-person through the air with close, continuous contact.

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