TB case confirmed at Wichita State University

Wichita State University officials confirmed that a student has tested positive for tuberculosis.

University officials released little information about the case, but said the student has been quarantined. The Sedgwick County Health Department and WSU's Housing and Residence Life Department have been notified, but it remains unclear whether or not the student resides in on-campus housing, according to the Republic.

WSU has been on winter break since mid-December, so it is believed that the confirmed case's exposure to other students has been limited. More information is expected to be released when Spring 2012 classes begin this week, according to

Tuberculosis is a disease caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. If not treated, the illness can be fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

TB bacteria can live inside a person without making them sick. Latent TB infection can be determined by a skin or blood test. Those with latent TB are not infectious, but, over time, the infection may become active.

Active TB may occur soon after a person is infected with TB bacteria, or may occur years later when a person's immune system can, for any reason, no longer keep the TB bacteria in check. Those with active TB will develop symptoms of the illness, including a bad cough, weakness and fatigue, weight loss, chills or fever.