University of Kansas confirms case of tuberculosis

The Kansas City Star/RSUGG@KCSTA

LAWRENCE – Health officials say about 50 University of Kansas students have been screened for tuberculosis after a case was confirmed.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the student with the confirmed case has started therapy.

Watkins Health Services director and chief of staff Douglas Dechairo says the student will remain quarantined until he tests free of the disease.

Dechairo says the student contracted the disease in his home country, outside of the United States. The student lives alone off campus.

Dechairo says none of the students who potentially were exposed have developed symptoms. Those students will be screened again in eight weeks.

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that attacks the lungs and can be fatal if not treated with antibiotics. It is generally spread by coughing and sneezing.