September 25, 2013 9:18 am
Updated: September 25, 2013 2:14 pm

Moncton university warns students and staff about student with TB

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MONCTON – The University of Moncton is drawing up a list of students, teachers and other staff who may have been in contact with a student with a highly contagious form of tuberculosis.

The university confirmed yesterday the infected patient is a student in the business faculty at the university’s Moncton campus.

Officials at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont hospital say the patient was suffering from laryngeal tuberculosis.

The university says health professionals will go to the classes the student attended to answer questions.

“Our first line is to make sure that people are informed,” said Thérèse Thériault, director of communications for the university.

The university says it is confident only those who were in close contact with the student are at risk of infection.

Thériault said the school has been told the student is responding well to treatment in hospital.

New Brunswick usually sees fewer than 12 cases of tuberculosis a year, but the district medical health officer issued the public notice in this case because it is a more contagious form of the disease.

With files from Laura Brown

© 2013 The Canadian Press

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