Investigation Of Two Possible Tuberculosis Cases At UNC Charlotte

Risk to the Public and Campus Population is Low

Mecklenburg County, N.C. — Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) is working with the NC Division of Public Health to investigate two potential cases of tuberculosis (TB) at UNC Charlotte.

In partnership with UNC Charlotte Student Health Center, MCPH is working to identify and screen students, faculty and staff who may have been exposed to TB.

Those who may be at risk of potential exposure have been notified and asked to contact the Student Health Center or MCPH for follow-up.

TB is a treatable infection. The risk to the general public, including students, faculty and staff at UNC Charlotte, 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.”

Here are some facts about TB:

  • TB is a bacterial infection spread through close contact with an infected person through coughing, sneezing, or speaking.
  • Symptoms include cough, fever, night sweats, weight loss, and loss of appetite.
  • Once TB is diagnosed, it is normally successfully treated with medication.
  • Many people who are exposed to TB do not become ill. However, it is important to identify if an individual has been exposed to prevent the risk of developing symptoms of TB in the future.

More information about TB is available here.