Student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro tests positive for tuberculosis

UNCG (WGHP file photo)

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro tested positive for tuberculosis, according to an email from the school.

Tuberculosis, sometimes called TB, is a disease that generally develops over weeks and months and is curable with medications.

Tuberculosis typically attacks the lungs and, if not treated properly, can be fatal. The disease is spread through the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, speaks or sings, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Symptoms can include a bad cough that lasts three weeks or longer, pain in the chest, coughing up blood, weakness or fatigue, weight loss, no appetite, chills, fever and sweating at night.

People are only at risk of tuberculosis if they’ve come in direct contact with someone who has it.

School officials at UNCG said this is an isolated incident and all classes and activities are continuing as scheduled.

The school said the student lives off campus, is complying with home isolation and is being treated.

The university said it is working closely with the Guilford County Health Department and has contacted the affected students and faculty to make sure they are being tested and, if necessary, treated.