Tuberculosis case reported at Mt. Carmel High School

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Someone at Mt. Carmel High School was diagnosed with tuberculosis and might have exposed students and staff earlier this year, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

The unidentified person — health officials did not disclose whether it was a student or school staff member — might have spread the disease between Jan. 3 and March 6, according to the HHSA, which is working with the Poway Unified School District to notify those who might have been exposed.

“TB spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county public health officer. “Typically, only people who have had close, extended contact with the infected person run the risk of contracting the disease.”

Most people exposed to TB don't develop the disease, according to Wooten. Those who do can be cured with medication, making it important to find out who might have caught it.

Wooten said a persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss are the most common symptoms.

The HHSA will offer free testing at the school in Rancho Penasquitos on March 27.

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