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UC Riverside student diagnosed with tuberculosis

November 2, 2011 |  1:25 pm

Photo: UC Riverside campus. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

Officials at UC Riverside offered to provide tuberculosis tests to 1,500 students, staff and professors after a student was recently diagnosed with the disease.

The student, who was not identified, has been isolated and has been given a good prognosis for recovery after receiving treatment. No other students have shown symptoms of TB, according to Dr. Charles Maletz, the Campus Health Center senior physician.

"While health officials say there is generally low risk of transmission of the disease, the student’s closest associates on campus have been personally notified and are being asked to come in for screening and subsequent monitoring," university officials said in a statement released by UC Riverside spokeswoman Kris Lovekin.

Tuberculosis is usually transmitted through the air -- by coughing or sneezing, for example.

For the record, 7:52 p.m. Nov. 2: A previous version of this post incorrectly said that university officials advised against avoid shaking hands, sharing food or drinks, kissing, sharing toothbrushes or touching toilet seats. Tuberculosis is not transmitted in any of those ways.

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Photo: UC Riverside campus

Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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