600 U of S students to be tested for TB

Hundreds of students at the University of Saskatchewan could be tested for tuberculosis after a student was diagnosed with the infectious lung disease.

University officials have released little information about the case and haven't said if the student is male or female, but have said the student is in hospital and is responding well to treatment.

There are about 600 classmates at the university who will have to be tested. That is scheduled to happen next week.

More people could be added to the list, depending on whom the student was in contact with.

The Saskatoon Health Region issued a news release Friday, confirming that a student had fallen ill and that testing of other students would be taking place.

According to the region, students who should be tested will receive a letter -- via email -- telling them about testing that will be available on campus beginning Monday and continuing through Thursday, with results expected before the end of next week.

Students who test negative will also be given a second test in eight weeks as a precaution.

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