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Tuberculosis Launches Very Small Scale Attack on UC Riverside Campus

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Keep your eye on the mailbox if you're a UC Riverside student, faculty member or nearby resident -- 1,500 people have been notified to come in for testing after a student at the university tested positive for tuberculosis.

KTLA reports that the student got the diagnosis last week, and is now being put up in an apartment near campus where he or she will remain until the disease runs its course. UC Riverside officials say it's unlikely that anyone else has been affected, but are still offering free screening to those who want it.

According to the National Institutes of Health, TB is transmitted through air droplets, often from a cough or a sneeze. Symptoms might take a long time to show up, but when they do, they include night sweats, coughing, coughing up blood, fatigue and fever.

The Riverside student is expected to recover, although it might take up to six weeks.