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Proposed Missouri law aims at keeping college students safe in the dorms

HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

College dorm life can be a fun experience, but it can also be a petri dish for contracting illness.

A proposed law in Missouri hopes to keep students safer.

The new law would require colleges and universities to develop testing programs for tuberculosis.

If the proposal passes, any student who refuses to participate in the program wouldn't be allowed to enroll in classes.

Health officials say college students are at greater risk of contracting TB because of the diversity of college campuses.

"People come from all over to go to school and so not every country monitors TB like we do and therefore when you go into a closed community such a college with a dorm, people coming in from all over need to be screened and tested," said Marion County Health Department Administrator Jean McBride. 

The bill was passed by both the Senate and the House and is now on the Governor's desk.

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