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September 7, 2013

Iowa State student being treated for tuberculosis

AMES — An Iowa State student is being treated for tuberculosis that was caught during screening required for incoming international students.

The university said in a website posting on Friday that the student lives on campus but will remain isolated until officials approve the individual's return to classes.

The student's name and other personal and school information are not being released.

People who have had close, prolonged contact with the student will be contacted by Homeward/Story County Public Health for screenings.

Allan Lynch of the Iowa Department of Public Health says tuberculosis is not easily transmitted in schools or the workplace.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says tuberculosis usually affects the lungs but also can affect other parts of the body, including the brain or kidneys.

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