Confirmed case of tuberculosis (TB) on campus

Categories: University Campus

A student at the University of Salford has recently been diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB). The individual is responding well to treatment and is no longer infectious to others.  




We would like to reassure our University community that the risk of the infection spreading in this situation is low. Most transmission of infection occurs within families as very close prolonged contact is usually required. TB does not commonly spread in a university environment but, as a precaution, close contacts of the case will be offered screening for TB. Those identified as a close contact will be contacted directly. 

The main symptoms of TB are: 

  • Persistent and gradually worsening cough that lasts longer than three weeks and has not improved despite antibiotics 

  • Weight loss for no obvious reason 

  • Sweating attacks - especially at night 

  • Feeling unusually ill or tired for a prolonged period of time 

  • Loss of appetite for no obvious reason  

  • Coughing up blood 

In the unlikely event that you develop any symptoms of TB, please contact your GP as soon as possible and share this information with them. Further information on TB can be obtained from the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/tuberculosis-tb/

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