Second case of TB confirmed at USF

A University of South Florida student was confirmed on Tuesday as the second case of tuberculosis at the university this year, according to the Hillsborough County Health Department.

The student is recovering in isolation after starting treatment. The 30 other students, staff, faculty and people in the community who could have been exposed to the disease through the student have been notified. The health department will start testing the notified parties next week, Tampa Bay Online reports.

"USF and our center are collaborating to ensure the health and safety of all students, employees, and members of the student's community," Jylmarie Lewis, the manager of the health department's tuberculosis center, said, according to Tampa Bay Online.

The first case of the year was in February and appears to be unrelated to the case reported on Tuesday. Lewis said that two cases of TB in a population of 40,000 students is on par with the county's yearly statistics on cases of the disease.

TB spreads when people infected with the disease expel the bacteria into the air through sneezing, coughing and talking in close contact. The disease typically infects the lungs and may infect other parts of the body as well. TB is capable of causing serious illness if untreated.