UoA student confirmed with TB, but considered low risk

Friday 7 May

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has informed the University of Auckland that one of our students has been diagnosed with infectious pulmonary tuberculosis (TB).

The University is working closely with ARPHS to support its investigation and contact tracing process. ARPHS is following a well-established process for managing the risk of further infection and has contacted directly any students and staff who may have shared classes with the student. The classes involved are MEDSCI203, MEDSCI205 and CHEM390.

ARPHS has also contacted residents in the Carlaw Park Student Village, where the student resides.

Please note that TB is not easy to spread as it requires prolonged exposure to transmit the disease. It develops slowly and can be treated and cured. ARPHS has advised the University that there is a low risk of exposure to TB from this particular case.

The common symptoms of TB disease are:

  • A cough lasting 3 weeks or longer and not getting better
  • Coughing up sputum (mucus from the lungs) or bloody sputum or blood
  • Fevers
  • Very heavy sweating at night
  • Weight loss you cannot explain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tiredness you cannot explain
  • Swollen glands (lymph nodes) usually in the neck

Students or staff who are concerned that they may have symptoms of active TB disease should contact their GP or the Student Health and Counselling Service

For more information on TB, see the ARPHS website.