Tuberculosis Information

Follow-up on Health Department Investigation

In a Wednesday, Feb. 19, NinerNotice, UNC Charlotte shared that Mecklenburg County Health Department officials were investigating two potential cases of tuberculosis (TB) in the University community. The two affected individuals, both of whom reside off campus, are receiving medical treatment and are following standard isolation protocols. Since that time, all individuals currently requiring testing have been notified, and the testing is ongoing at the Student Health Center and the Mecklenburg County Health Department. 

The risk to the general campus population is believed to be low.  Unless there are additional cases of TB identified, there will be no need for further campus communication. 

TB is most commonly transmitted to people who have prolonged close contact with someone with active TB. Although it is spread through the air, casual contact does not typically place anyone at risk. People with TB disease can be treated if they seek medical help. The disease is curable with appropriate treatment.

What the University is doing
 

  • Testing -- The University worked closely with the Mecklenburg County Health Department to identify any student, faculty or staff member who may have been in contact with the individuals and requires testing. All individuals currently requiring testing have been notified. The health department makes this determination, and any individual who required testing received an email Wednesday afternoon to their @uncc email account with this information: 
    • From: Student Health Center
    • Subject line: ACTION REQUIRED: Review important health information 
    • Please note: If you did not receive this email, you are not required to be tested.
  • Holding Public Health Information Meetings -- Mecklenburg County Health Department and University officials held two public information sessions to explain more about TB and answer any additional questions. (Archived video available below.)
  • Practicing Additional Cleaning Measures -- In addition to daily procedures and out of an abundance of caution, the University is increasing the sanitization of high-traffic areas and any classrooms used by exposed individuals.

What you can do
 

  • Be Knowledgeable -- Review the University’s FAQ, visit the Centers for Disease Control website or watch the University’s information session below. Being informed is the best way to understand your risk, which is low to the general campus population.
  • Practice Good Hygiene -- Continue to follow good hygiene practices to help protect against common respiratory infections such as the flu.  Wash your hands, sneeze and cough into your sleeve or tissue (not hand), and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils. This also helps prevent the spread of other infections. 
 

Archived information session with Mecklenburg County Health Department