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Posted at 4:53 PM ET, 02/16/2011

Suspected TB case at GWU

By Lena H. Sun

District health department officials are looking into a suspected case of tuberculosis at George Washington University.

The health department, together with university officials are working to identify and reach "all close contacts of the suspected case so that they can be screened for TB," a health department spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The District sees about 50 tuberculosis cases a year.

The university sent out a health advisory last night to the community. The close contacts of the unidentified individual "are being provided specific instructions on how to receive a TB risk and symptom assessment and a TB skin test," the university advisory said.

The advisory also said there was no need for the larger George Washington community to take any specific medical precautions or actions at this time.

By Lena H. Sun  | February 16, 2011; 4:53 PM ET
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