Tuberculosis outbreak at two San Diego schools

Public health officials planned Thursday to notify people
at school campuses at both ends of San Diego County that they may have been
exposed to tuberculosis.

The county Heath and Human Services Agency says people may have been
exposed by unidentified carriers Public health officials planned today to notify people
at school campuses at both ends of San Diego County that they may have been
exposed to tuberculosis.

The county Heath and Human Services Agency says people may have been
exposed by unidentified carriers at Vista High School and San Ysidro Middle
School.

The period of exposure at Vista High School was between Aug. 20 and Oct.
30, according to the HHSA. At San Ysidro Middle School, exposure might have
occurred between July 31 and Nov. 28.

Free testing will take place at San Ysidro Middle School on Dec. 10 and
at Vista High School eight days later.

“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.”

The illness is treatable with medication, she said. Her deputy, Dr. Eric
McDonald, said there are usually more tuberculosis cases in San Diego County
each year than most other places around the country, though the local infection
rate has been declining recently.

HHSA officials said 213 cases of TB have been reported in the region so
far this year compared to 263 for all of 2011.at Vista High School and San Ysidro Middle
School.

The period of exposure at Vista High School was between Aug. 20 and Oct.
30, according to the HHSA. At San Ysidro Middle School, exposure might have
occurred between July 31 and Nov. 28.

Free testing will take place at San Ysidro Middle School on Dec. 10 and
at Vista High School eight days later.

“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.”

The illness is treatable with medication, she said. Her deputy, Dr. Eric
McDonald, said there are usually more tuberculosis cases in San Diego County
each year than most other places around the country, though the local infection
rate has been declining recently.

HHSA officials said 213 cases of TB have been reported in the region so
far this year compared to 263 for all of 2011.

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