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2 Potential Cases Of Tuberculosis Investigated At UNCC

Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria
Alissa Eckert; James Archer
CDC / Antibiotic Resistance Coordination and Strategy Unit
A medical illustration of Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria.

Mecklenburg County Public Health and the NC Division of Public Health are investigating two potential cases of tuberculosis at UNC Charlotte, the county said Wednesday.

UNC Charlotte’s Student Health Center is working with the other health organizations to identify and screen students, faculty and staff who might have been exposed to tuberculosis.

The county stressed that tuberculosis is a treatable infection, and the risk to the general public – including students, faculty and staff at UNCC – is low.

“We are working with the NC Division of Public Health and partnering with UNC Charlotte to ensure appropriate management of this situation, to identify anyone who may have been exposed and to prevent further potential exposures in the community,” said Gibbie Harris, Mecklenburg County Public Health Director. “Tuberculosis is a treatable infection. We will ensure that all positive screenings are treated as needed to avoid future exposures.”

Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection with symptoms that include: cough, fever, night sweats, weight loss and loss of appetite. It is spread through close contact with an infected person through coughing, sneezing or speaking.

Tuberculosis can damage the lungs or other parts of the body like the spine, lymph nodes or kidneys. If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal – but it can be successfully treated with medication after diagnosis.

More information about tuberculosis is available here.

Jodie Valade has been a Digital News and Engagement Editor for WFAE since 2019. Since moving to Charlotte in 2015, she has worked as a digital content producer for NASCAR.com and a freelance writer for publications ranging from Charlotte magazine to The Athletic to The Washington Post and New York Times. Before that, Jodie was an award-winning sports features and enterprise reporter at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. She also worked at The Dallas Morning News covering the Dallas Mavericks — where she became Mark Cuban's lifelong email pen pal — and at The Kansas City Star. She has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Master of Education from John Carroll University. She is originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan.