University of Saskatchewan finds several students with latent TB after initial active case

Several students at the University of Saskatchewan will undergo follow-up testing after initial examinations were positive for latent tuberculosis.

Hundreds of students were tested late last month after one student fell ill from the active form of the highly contagious illness, according to the CBC.

School officials have remained mum as to how many positive tests for latent TB were found, but they are eager to find anyone who may have had contact with the ill student.

Julie Kryzanowski, the deputy medical health officer for the Saskatoon Health Region, said that a positive test for latent TB may not be linked to the recent case found on campus.

"So the students who had a positive skin test will be assessed by Tuberculosis Control Services," Kryzanowski said, the CBC reports. "They'll have risk assessment as to what sort of exposures they might have had to tuberculosis, other than this particular situation."

Approximately half of the students considered to be at high risk for developing the infection have been tested and no cases of active TB have been found. University official said the initial student to develop the infection has responded well to treatment, but they have not released more information.