Tuberculosis, or TB, is a bacterial infection that was once a major cause of death in the United States. Active TB targets the lungs primarily, and also attacks other vital organs such as the kidneys.
Although much has been done to control the spread of TB, today it can still be deadly if not treated properly. With current medical treatments active TB (TB with active symptoms present) can be cured and latent (dormant) TB can be treated to prevent it from developing into active TB.
With the diverse population we have on campus and the rapid rate at which an infection can spread, it is necessary for us to have programs like this in place to avoid a serious outbreak that could be detrimental to our campus.
TB surveys are sent out annually online to BYU-I students and, if answered in a certain manner, it will flag you for a TB test. At that point, you will either need to submit a record of your having had a TB test to the Student Health Center or you need to come and have a test administered at our clinic.
TB is transmitted person to person through tiny air droplets. Someone with active TB spreads TB by coughing, sneezing, speaking, or singing when others are nearby.
People with active TB will most likely transmit the infection to people they spend the most time with: family members, coworkers, roommates, and friends.
People with active TB have the following symptoms:
Latent TB has no active symptoms and cannot be detected without a test.
Below is a list of High-Risk Countries. If you have been to any one of these countries, you could be at risk for Tuberculosis.
At BYU-Idaho, students at risk for TB are tested in the following order:
For more information, read our TB Information Document