California student diagnosed with TB

A University of California - Riverside student was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis, prompting university officials to offer free testing to 1,500 students, faculty and staff.

The student, whose name was not released, has been isolated and is currently receiving treatment with good prognosis for recovery, according to the L.A. Times.

Dr. Charles Maletz, the Campus Health Center senior physician, said that no other student has been identified as showing symptoms of TB.

"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, the L.A. Times reports.

TB is a contagious bacterial infection of the lungs, but it can also spread to other organs. It is caused by the acquisition of the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Symptoms of the active form of TB include persistent coughing, fever, night sweats and unexplainable weight loss. Most people who are exposed to TB do not develop the active form of the disease, according to MercuryNews.com.

In the United States, most of those infected with active TB will recover without further evidence of the disease. It can, however, reactivate in some people after a period of extended dormancy.