TB case reported at Kaplan College

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VISTA, Calif. — Students and employees at Kaplan College in Vista might have been exposed to tuberculosis, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced Tuesday.

tuberculosisAn individual at the campus who was not identified might have exposed others between Jan. 2 and March 19, the HHSA reported.  Free testing will be available Wednesday and Thursday.

There is no evidence that infections occurred at two other Kaplan campuses in San Diego County, according to the agency.

Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss, said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county 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,” she said.

Tuberculosis can be treated with medication, but it’s important to identify who has been infected so they don’t expose others, Wooten said.

So far this year, 18 cases of TB have been reported to the HHSA. In 2012, there were 234 diagnosed cases.

4 comments

  • Matt

    i go to school at this campus. They are not doing free TB tests at the campus and they didn't even inform any of the students. I find it unprofessional and totally unacceptable that the Director, Laura Stinson had known about this since January and kept it a secret. She probably was never going to tell any of the students or staff. She only informed the staff today via email because HHSA was going public with it.

    • Kaplan College Vista

      Thanks for your comment. Kaplan College Vista collaborated closely with the County HHSA Public Health Services officials as soon as information was received and those at risk for exposure have been notified. If you have not been notified, HHSA has not identified you as an exposure risk. For more information, you can contact the County TB Control Program at 619-692-8621.

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