OTAY MESA: Individual diagnosed with tuberculosis at Montgomery Adult School

(CNS) – An individual at Montgomery Adult School in Otay Mesa
was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis and may have exposed students and
staff to the disease, the county Health and Human Services Agency reported
Wednesday.

The HHSA is working with the Sweetwater Union High School District to
notify those who were potentially exposed last year between Oct. 1 and Nov. 13.

“Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats
and unexplained weight loss,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public
health officer. “TB usually requires many hours of close, indoor contact to
spread to others so most people who are exposed in classrooms do not get
infected or develop the disease.”

When TB does occur, it can be treated and cured with medication, Wooten
said. It is important to identify those who are infected to prevent the spread
of the disease to others, according to the HHSA.

The agency has scheduled free testing for students and staff next Monday
at the school, 3240 Palm Ave.

In 2012, 234 cases of tuberculosis were reported in San Diego County,
according to the HHSA.

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