Health officials urge preventative efforts
At least six people are being tested for tuberculosis after a research associate and summer teacher for the School of Education at CU was diagnosed with tuberculosis earlier this month.
The diagnosis was released in a statement Aug. 23. Six individuals who came into close contact with the teacher were required to be tested for TB, and all 39 of the summer teacher’s students received advice to be tested.
Due to medical confidentiality laws, no information was released about the CU employee.
While it is unlikely for an outbreak of TB to occur, and only one or two cases of the disease appear on campus each year, illness and disease control on campus is essential.
Wardenburg Health Center works closely with Boulder County Public Health.
“[Wardenburg] has good [containment] protocols with them,” said Sandra Sonoda, a nurse at Wardenburg,
Since Wardenburg is unable to house patients overnight, the Red Cross is available to provide food and shelter if it ever proved necessary.
While there are protocols and assistance available in case of a disease outbreak, there are other ways to keep disease and illness under control at CU and prevention is key.
“Prevention is our number one focus,” said Julie Artist, the safety officer at Wardenburg Heath Center.