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Clemson Univ. student tests positive for TB disease

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A Clemson University student has been diagnosed with the tuberculosis disease, according to a university statement.

The university said Tuesday that 35 students, faculty and staff members are also being tested after coming into "close contact" with the student, many of whom shared a classroom with the student during the Clemson's spring semester.

The student with the tuberculosis disease is no longer on campus, university officials said.

FOX Carolina is still working to get details on cleaning procedures and any extra steps being taken by Clemson University and DHEC in response to this case.

Tuberculosis, or TB, is caused by a bacteria that can attack the lungs and is highly contagious. A person can become infected with TB and not be contagious, but the disease forms when the body's immune system can't stop the bacteria from growing, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The university said DHEC is still conducting an investigation and may contact more students and staff.

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