Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious disease that spreads from person to person through the air.
TB usually affects the lungs and is spread through coughing, sneezing, laughing or singing. TB can also affect other parts of the body, such as the brain, kidneys or the spine.
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016
The Sedgwick County Health Department has notified Student Health Services that a student on campus has been diagnosed with tuberculosis. The student is receiving appropriate treatment and measures have been implemented to limit the risk for the WSU community. The risk for TB contagion is minimal in a classroom or public setting. Contacts of the student that require follow-up will be contacted by Sedgwick County Health Department. For more information on tuberculous, go to http://www.cdc.gov/tb. A Sedgwick County tuberculosis fact sheet is available at http://www.wichita.edu/j/?5086. Tuberculosis is spread through the air by coughing or sneezing. The only way to get tuberculosis is by close contact for an extended time with someone who is infectious.
Student Health Services (SHS) is required by State of Kansas law (K.S.A. 65-129e and K.S.A. 65-129f) to screen all new and reactivated students attending Wichita State University.
TB screening identifies individuals who may be at increased risk of tuberculosis infection and may need further follow up or testing.
TB screening is required for all newly admitted students who were not born in the U.S. or Canada. Before enrolling in any classes, all new foreign-born students are required to have TB screening. After arrival on campus, new foreign-born students must:
All costs are subject to change.
Interferon Gamma Release Assay (QFT)
The blood test is currently $80, which is refundable if you have UHCSR Student Insurance.
TB Skin Test
The test is currently $20 (includes office visit fee). A Mantoux TB skin test can be administered any day but Thursday. You must return to Student Health Services within 48 to 72 hours after receiving your test for the test to be read. There may be times (before holidays, etc.), when Student Health cannot administer this test.
During lunch hour (noon to 1 p.m. daily) there is limited staff available so services may be limited and there may be longer wait times. If possible, it’s best to avoid this time. Contact Student Health Services at 316-978-3620 for more information.