Lincoln student died from tuberculosis

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A post-mortem examination into the cause of death of a University of Lincoln student has revealed he died from a form of tuberculosis.

Third year journalism student Craig White, 21, from Boston, died overnight on Wednesday, December 12  at Pilgrim Hospital.

The South Lincolnshire coroners office found the official cause of death as disseminated tuberculosis at an inquest in Boston on Friday morning.

Craig was unwell in the week prior to his death and suffered headaches and stomach pains.

The Health Protection Agency say all close contacts considered as being at risk of contracting the disease will now be screened to see if they’ve been exposed to the infection.

The transmission of TB occurs through the coughing of infectious droplets and usually requires prolonged contact with an infectious case.

A University of Lincoln spokesman said: “Craig White, one of our final year students, sadly passed away recently in hospital in Boston.  We now know that Craig died as a result of developing tuberculosis.

“Craig was a much-loved member of the Lincoln School of Journalism and the whole University community has been deeply saddened by his untimely death.”

The university claims “there is no reason to believe there is a risk to the health of members of the university community.”

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