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Health officials say active tuberculosis has been diagnosed at the University of Riverside College



RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) –

A student from Riverside City College was treated for active tuberculosis on Friday, causing health officials to make a recommendation that anyone who has had contact with the patient has been tested for.

"Although the risk of infection is low, it does not mean that there is no risk, so it's important that those who have been informed take the time to be tested," said Drs. Cameron Kaiser, public of the Riverside County health officer. "If a person delivers a positive result, we can treat them immediately."

The affected student, whose identity was not disclosed, was diagnosed with TB earlier this week and is expected to achieve a full recovery, according to the District Health Department.

Officials send letters to more than 200 college students and staff and recommend that they receive a TB test, says Barbara Cole, director of disease control at Riverside University's Health System-Public Health.

Tuberculosis is a disease that spreads in the air during prolonged, repeated and close contact with a person who is infected with active tuberculosis. According to the Center for Disease Control, people can not catch themselves by shaking hands, kissing or handling bedding and toilet seats.

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