Health Department Conducting Tuberculosis Testing

By: Josh Earl Email
By: Josh Earl Email

On June 8th, 19 year-old CSU-Pueblo student Kalpana Dangol died from Tuberculosis.

On Tuesday the El Paso and Pueblo County health departments began testing anyone that may have had close contact with her.

They aren't testing everyone, just the people who they believe had the closest contact with her for the longest amount of time. That includes her teachers and fellow students she shared classes with as well as her roommates and circle of friends. Anyone who wasn't contacted for testing, but believes they may have been exposed can contact the Pueblo County Health Department at 719-583-9901. Another clinic will be held here on Thursday to determine the results of the tests.

Health Department officials say they don't expect to see many positive test results if any at all. They say someone would have to be exposed at close range for an extended period of time, so even those who were closest to Kalpana are only thought to be at a small risk of having TB. "Someone sitting in a classroom with another person sitting across the room once a week is going to have a lot lower risk than that persons spouse or parent that they live with and they're always together", said Dr. Chris Nevin-Woods of the Pueblo County Health Department.

It has still not been determined which strain of TB Kalpana Dangol died from. Those results are expected by the end of the week.

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