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USF confirms Tampa student treated for tuberculosis


Published:   |   Updated: July 16, 2013 at 12:44 PM

The University of South Florida said 90 people may have been exposed to tuberculosis after confirming a student on its Tampa campus contracted the illness.

In a news release, the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County said the student is recovering in isolation after undergoing treatment and is no longer a health risk to others.

The university has notified about 90 students, faculty, staff and community members who were at risk of exposure and will begin testing this group next week, according to the release.

This is the first case of tuberculosis on the campus this year. The last case was in May 2012, and university officials say the incidents appear to be unrelated.

USF students and employees with questions can contact the Student Health Services nurse line at (813) 974-1797. Those who would like to be tested can schedule an appointment by calling (813) 974-2331.

For all other questions, contact the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County at (813) 307-8047.

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