County to Offer Free Tuberculosis Testing to Morse High School Students

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The county Health and Human Services Agency will offer free tuberculosis testing Tuesday to Morse High School students who may have been exposed to the bacterial disease over the past four months.

County health officials announced last week that students and staff may have been exposed to the disease from June 17 to July 26 and from Aug. 26 to Sept. 10 but did not disclose any other information about the infected person.

Testing for students will be offered from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., according to the county. The San Diego Unified School District is also offering testing to the school’s staff members who may have been exposed.

Tuberculosis is generally transmitted through the air or via contact with an infected person. Roughly one-third of those exposed to the bacterial disease will develop it, according to the HHSA, but most avoid infection. Tuberculosis symptoms can include a persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplainable weight loss.

Residents can contact the county’s tuberculosis control program at 619- 692-8621 or visit the program’s website at sandiegocounty.gov/hhsa/programs/phs/tuberculosis_control_program for more information on the disease. Morse High School can also be reached at 619-262- 0763 for information on the exposure.

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