Shaw University confirms male student has tuberculosis

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Shaw University said Friday that a male student who lives off campus has tuberculosis, and others who were in contact with him are being tested, WRAL reports.

The student’s name and condition were not released. School officials said they learned of his diagnosis Monday.

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.

TB is not spread by shaking hands, sharing food or drink, touching bed linens or toilet seats or kissing, according to the CDC’s website.

Symptoms 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.

Read more at WRAL

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