Shih Hsin University to follow up on friends of 8 TB-infected students this week

The China Post news staff

The China Post news staff–With eight cases of tuberculosis (TB) diagnosed among its students, Taipei’s Shih Hsin University (SHU) announced yesterday that it has filtered out 322 students to be further quarantined and examined during the upcoming week. According to the University, the first TB case was discovered in late November 2010, and the second in late April 2011; the two students were siblings. The third and fourth cases had both been diagnosed in June of 2011, and four more were consecutively reported in the months that followed: one each in July and August, and two in September. Except for the first three infected students — who were reported to be relatives — no tests conducted by governmental health units had indicated that the infected students had caught the disease on campus.

For the safety of the SHU students, however, school officials had cooperated with the Taipei City Government Department of Health (DOH) and followed up with the situation, beginning the end of 2010. The university noted that healthy habits had been promoted in school, and regular health checkups had also been organized for students.

In addition, as suggested by the DOH, SHU had filtered out the students who had either hung out with those infected for eight hours per day or over 40 hours per week to follow up with. To be on the safe side, the university decided to checkup with all students who had spent over 30 hours per week with those infected.

A total of 322 such students would undergo examinations this week, SHU said.