Tuberculosis case at Dartmouth College: patient is in isolation

Someone in the Dartmouth College community has an active case of tuberculosis, school officials wrote in a note to the community on Tuesday. The patient is receiving medical treatment and support and self-isolating, according to Mark Reed, director of Dartmouth College Health Service. Reed said the school’s health department is working with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to identify anyone suspected of having been exposed to active TB. Anyone who receives a call from the state must respond to it. Anyone who thinks they have been exposed can call 603-271-4496. Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria that usually affects the lungs, but it can affect any part of the body, Reed said. Reed added that not everyone infected with TB gets sick. Patients with latent tuberculosis have tuberculosis bacteria living in their bodies without making them sick. These people are unable to transmit tuberculosis to others. There are treatments.>> Fact Sheet: Cause of TB, Symptoms, TreatmentA person with active TB or TB disease feels sick because the active TB bacteria are actively multiplying in their body. They can transmit the disease to others by coughing, talking or singing. Treatments are also available for active TB. Tuberculosis cannot be transmitted by drinking someone’s drink or shaking someone’s hand, Reed said. There were 12 total confirmed cases of tuberculosis in New Hampshire in 2021 in the United States and remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Symptoms may include a bad cough that lasts more than two weeks, pain in the chest, coughing up blood or phlegm, weakness or fatigue, weight loss, lack of appetite, chills, fever and night sweats, according to public health officials. Anyone with questions about their health and for help can call the Dartmouth College Health Service at 603-646-9440.

Someone in the Dartmouth College community has an active case of tuberculosis, school officials wrote in a note to the community on Tuesday.

The patient is receiving medical treatment and support and self-isolating, according to Mark Reed, director of Dartmouth College Health Service.

Reed said the school’s health department is working with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to identify anyone suspected of having been exposed to active TB.

>> Information: New Hampshire Tuberculosis Program

These contacts will hear from state health workers soon. Anyone who receives a call from the state must respond to it. Anyone who thinks they have been exposed can call 603-271-4496.

Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria that usually affects the lungs, but it can affect any part of the body, Reed said.

Reed added that not everyone infected with TB gets sick. Patients with latent tuberculosis have tuberculosis bacteria living in their bodies without making them sick. These people are unable to transmit tuberculosis to others. There are treatments available.

>> Fact Sheet: Cause of Tuberculosis, Symptoms, Treatment

A person with active tuberculosis or tuberculosis disease feels sick because the active tuberculosis bacteria are actively multiplying in their body. They can transmit the disease to others by coughing, talking or singing. Treatments are also available for active TB.

Tuberculosis cannot be spread by downing someone’s drink or shaking their hand, Reed said.

There were 12 total confirmed cases of tuberculosis in New Hampshire in 2021.

State health officials say tuberculosis was once a leading cause of death in the United States and is still one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

Symptoms may include a bad cough that lasts more than two weeks, pain in the chest, coughing up blood or phlegm, weakness or fatigue, weight loss, lack of appetite, chills, fever and night sweats, according to public health officials.

Anyone with questions about their health and for help can call the Dartmouth College Health Service at 603-646-9440.

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