Health

TB Case Reported at San Ysidro High School

An individual at San Ysidro High School was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) and may have exposed students and staff, the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) reported today.

HHSA is working closely with the Sweetwater Union High School District to notify individuals who were potentially exposed. The period of potential exposure is from July 16 to October 18, 2013.

“It is important to identify those who are infected to provide treatment before symptoms develop and to prevent spread of the disease to others,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer.  “Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss.”

Free testing for students who were potentially exposed will take place November 4th at San Ysidro High School, 5353 Airway Road in San Diego.

Tuberculosis is not uncommon in the San Diego region. In 2013, 128 cases have been reported to date.

For more information about the potential exposure, call the County of San Diego TB Program at (619) 692-8621.

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