August 11, 2014 (San Diego County News Center) A person at Lincoln High School recently started treatment for tuberculosis (TB) and may have exposed others, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) reported today.
HHSA is working closely with Lincoln High School officials to notify individuals who were possibly exposed to tuberculosis (TB). The period of potential exposure is from March 12 to June 12.
Free testing for students who may have been exposed will take place on August 12 at the school located at 4777 Imperial Avenue, San Diego.
“Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “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; that’s why it’s important to identify those who have been exposed.”
TB in not uncommon in the San Diego region but has been decreasing in recent years. To date, 112 cases have been reported in 2014. In 2013, 206 cases were reported in the county, the lowest number since local TB case peaked at 469 in 1993. There were 234 cases in 2012.
For more information on this potential exposure, call the County TB Control Program at (619) 692-8621.