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At Least 30 USF Students, Faculty and Staff At Risk For Tuberculosis

At least 30 students, staff and faculty members on the USF Tampa Campus were told by the Hillsborough County Health Department they could be at risk for contracting tuberculosis. That's after a student was recently treated for the disease. That student is no longer considered to be a health risk to others.

Tuberculosis usually affects a person's lungs but can affect other parts of the body causing serious illness. It's an airborne disease, spread through coughing and sneezing. 

The last case of tuberculosis on campus was in February. According to the university, the two cases are not believed to be related.

Sarah Pusateri is a former multimedia health policy reporter for Health News Florida, a project of WUSF. The Buffalo New York native most recently worked as a health reporter for Healthystate.org, a two year grant-funded project at WUSF. There, she co-produced an Emmy Award winning documentary called Uniform Betrayal: Rape in the Military.
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