Students at the University of North Georgia were notified by email around 2 p.m. Wednesday about a fellow student at the school’s Gainesville campus with an active tuberculosis diagnosis.
Jasmine Ward got the email and has experience being around someone with TB in high school.
“It is kind of scary knowing that although the possibility is low, that there is still a chance,” Ward said. “All I can do is think positively about the situation and pray for the victim to have a healthy and speedy recovery.”
A person, who was not named in the email, had contracted the disease and was enrolled at the school’s Gainesville campus. While contagiousness between persons who share classrooms with a person infected is not high, precautions are being taken.
The email said the person was being treated off site and the university is working with the District 2 Office of the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Next week the department will offer free screenings for anyone who came into contact with the TB-infected person. They were notified in a separate email.