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Two Sweetwater Union High School District Schools Have Possible TB Exposures

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People at two Sweetwater Union High School District schools may have been exposed to tuberculosis recently, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

HHSA is working with school officials to notify students and staff that may have been exposed.

The first potential exposure was at San Ysidro High School between Feb. 18 and June 2, 2017. The school is located at 5353 Airway Road, San Diego, CA 92154.  For those students and staff notified of possible exposure, HHSA will offer no-cost testing on Friday, Sept. 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the school.

The second potential exposure was at Hilltop High School between Aug. 28 and Aug. 30. The school is located at 555 Claire Avenue, Chula Vista, CA.  People who may have been exposed will be notified and testing for them will take place on Monday, Sept. 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the school.

“Symptoms of active TB disease include cough, fever, night sweats, and unexplained weight loss,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Most people who are exposed to TB do not develop active disease. Those who test positive for TB can be treated with medication to prevent or cure active disease; that’s why it’s important for those with possible exposure to get tested.”

TB is not uncommon in the San Diego region but has been decreasing in recent years.  There were 234 TB cases reported in San Diego in 2015 and 258 cases in 2016.  To date, 130 cases have been reported in 2017.

For more information on this potential exposure, call the County TB Control Program at (619) 692-8621.

Tom Christensen is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact