Tuberculosis Screening Procedure
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Tuberculosis (TB) is a potentially life-threatening disease that has the ability to spread quickly in the close confines of classrooms and student residences on a university campus. Nearly one-third of the world’s population has the disease. Students from countries with a high incidence of tuberculosis (as designated by the World Health Organization) and other students who have had extended visits to those countries are at a greater risk for carrying the disease. Of those with the disease, most have the latent form. Even so, on a college campus it is important to take precautionary measures.
TB Testing Procedure for Newly Admitted International Students
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC), in consideration of the recommendations from the American College Health Association (April 2016), has developed a procedure for mandatory TB screening of newly admitted international students from countries where there is a high incidence of tuberculosis (as designated by the World Health Organization).
All international students who apply to TAMU-CC will be asked screening questions during the application process. If a student is identified as someone who is at high risk for exposure to TB, a hold will be placed on their account and they will be contacted via email by the TAMU-CC Health Center so that they may begin a TB testing process, as outline below. The student may enroll in the first semester of classes while being tested for TB but must comply with the procedure below in order to enroll in a second semester of classes.
Non-compliance with the above TB Testing Procedure can:
TB Testing Recommendations for Continuing Students and Faculty
It is recommended that students and faculty who travel to countries with high incidence of tuberculosis discuss their specific travel circumstances before the trip with a health care provider who can determine the appropriate evaluation. If a month or more is spent in the country, it is recommended that a TB skin test be conducted 4-6 weeks after returning to the US.
For More Information about TB
Center for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/tb/
The World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/tb/en/
TAMU-CC Health Center: http://healthcenter.tamucc.edu
Appeals can be made to the associate vice president for Academic Affairs by calling 361-825-3060.
For additional information on this procedure, please contact the TAMU-CC Health Center by calling 361-825-2601.
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