SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — A Sacramento high school student has been diagnosed with active tuberculosis and officials have sent warning letters to parents about possible exposure.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the county’s division of public health says the student has been isolated at home and is under care.

Students and staff who shared a classroom with the student at Florin High School will be tested.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuberculosis notes Tuberculosis can be fatal and was once the leading cause of death in the nation. It can be spread by coughing and sneezing. Symptoms can include fatigue, pain in the chest, a bad cough lasting three weeks, chills and fever.

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A majority of people who have been infected with tuberculosis have a latent infection and do not develop active tuberculosis disease.

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