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Tuberculosis Case Found on San Diego State University Campus

Tuberculosis Case Found on San Diego State University Campus

The campus of San Diego State University, San Diego, Calif., on Aug. 20, 2019. (Gisela Sommer/The Epoch Times)

City News Service

City News Service

9/14/2023

Updated: 9/14/2023

SAN DIEGO—San Diego County’s Tuberculosis Program and San Diego State University are working on Sept. 14 to notify employees potentially exposed to tuberculosis, also known as TB, on the university’s campus, primarily at the Charles B. Bell Jr., Pavilion.
The dates of potential exposure are from Feb. 16 to June 22 of this year. Exposures to the general public, university students and faculty, and to other employees are considered to be limited, according to the county.
Those known to have been potentially exposed have been directly notified and have been provided direction from health officials.
People sick with TB may be sick for many months before they are diagnosed, and as such, exposure periods can be long.
“Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats, and unexplained weight loss,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, county public health officer. “Most people who become infected after exposure to tuberculosis do not get sick right away. This is called latent TB infection. Some who become infected with TB will become ill in the future, sometimes even years later, if their latent TB infection is not treated. Blood tests and skin tests are effective to determine whether someone has been infected.”
TB is an airborne disease that is transmitted person-to-person through inhalation of bacteria from the air. The chance of infection is higher for people with prolonged indoor exposure to a person who is sick with TB.
Individuals who want more information on this potential exposure can call the County TB Control Program at 619-692-8621.
According to county data, the number of people diagnosed with active TB in San Diego County has decreased since the early 1990s and has stabilized in recent years. There were 192 cases in 2020 and 201 people were actively infected in 2021. In 2022, 208 people were reported with active TB disease in San Diego County.
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