MSU Denver and DPH Partnering on TB Contact Investigation
March 26, 2019
Denver Public Health: Rachel Brand, 303-882-9024
Metropolitan State University of Denver: Tim Carroll, 303-870-7705
On March 15, Denver Public Health reached out to Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) officials about a potential tuberculosis (TB) exposure at the university. Health officials do not believe there is any ongoing risk of TB exposure at the school. Denver Public Health is working closely with MSU Denver and officials from the Health Center at Auraria to educate faculty and students about TB, and to test anyone potentially exposed.
All faculty, staff and students who might have been exposed have been contacted. It is safe for students and faculty to report to campus as usual for classes and events. Only individuals contacted by phone from Denver Public Health or by email from the Health Center of Auraria need to be tested at this time.
Facts about TB
TB is a disease caused by germs that are spread between people through the air. It usually affects the lungs but may also affect other parts of the body.
- Most people who are exposed to TB do not get infected.
- People who are infected cannot give TB to others unless they are sick with symptoms such as cough, fever, or night sweats.
- A person who is infected but is not sick can receive treatment to prevent them from getting sick and spreading TB to family and friends in the future.
People with additional questions can call CO-HELP at 303-389-1687 or see our fact sheet.