2 tuberculosis cases diagnosed at San Diego County schools

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego County health officials announced that people at two local high schools have tested positive for tuberculosis, potentially exposing students and staff. The cases were reported at High Tech High Media Arts charter school in Liberty Station, and Southwest High School in Nestor, according to county Health and Human Services Agency. 

The period of possible exposure at High Tech High Media Arts was between Feb. 20 and May 15. Free testing will be provided for students on June 7 from
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on campus. At Southwest High, exposure might have occurred between March 5 and May 15, the HHSA said. Free on-campus testing will be available for students on June 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss," Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public
health officer, said. "Most people who are exposed to TB do not develop the disease, but when it does occur, it can be treated and cured with medication," Wooten said.

74 cases of TB have been reported in San Diego this year, according to the HHSA. 234 cases were reported in 2015. 

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