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UMass Boston student diagnosed with tuberculosis

A University of Massachusetts Boston student has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, college officials said Monday.

The student is receiving treatment and may have been infected “many years before developing active TB infection,” the college said in a statement.

About 59 people who may have been in close contact with the student have been alerted of the situation, the statement said. The rest of the school is not at increased risk of developing the airborne infection, it said.

Tuberculosis is not easily passed from person to person. It takes repeated and prolonged exposure in an indoor space to become infected, the statement said.

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