TB testing for university students starts in Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan began testing approximately 600 students on Monday for tuberculosis in the campus' education building after a student was diagnosed with the active form of the disease.

After the student was diagnosed last week, the student started receiving treatment and is recovering from the illness. Tuberculosis can be spread through the air, which could result in the infection of students who shared classes with the infected student, CTV News reports.

"Because we don't know which students may be more at risk than others, we're offering skin tests to all students who were in the same classes," Julie Kryzanowski, a doctor with the Saskatoon Health Region, said, according to CTV News.

The testing clinic at the university will be held through Thursday. Results from the tests are expected to be available by the end of next week.

Local health officials said that the risk of infection is low, though the possibility does exist that someone could be infected with the TB bacteria. If a student does become infected, the student has approximately a 10 percent chance of developing the disease at some point during their lifetime, CTV News reports.

TB is treated with a six-month regimen of antibiotics.