Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Health

USF student tests positive for tuberculosis

TAMPA — A University of South Florida student has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, according to the Hillsborough County Health Department.

Health officials confirmed this week that the student had the disease and placed the student in isolation while administering drug treatment. The student had close contact with about 90 people at USF's Tampa campus and in the community, all of whom have been notified about their potential exposure to TB, officials said. The group will undergo testing for the disease next week.

Tuberculosis, or TB, is a serious infectious disease that primarily affects the lungs. It is spread via airborne droplets that are released when an infected person coughs, talks, sings or sneezes.

Though the disease can be contagious, having contact with an infected person does not guarantee that someone will contract it. Other more common infections, such as chicken pox, are more easily spread.

This is the only case of TB reported at USF in 2013. The last time the campus had a confirmed case was in May 2012.

USF students and employees with concerns about the disease can call Student Health Services at (813) 974-2331.

The news comes on the heels of another TB case that attracted public attention.

On July 7, a woman walked away from Tampa General Hospital before receiving the results of a TB test. When the results came back positive, police launched a search and found the woman a few days later.

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