TB case reported at Lincoln High School

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tuberculosisSAN DIEGO (CNS) – An individual at Lincoln High School was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis and may have exposed students and staff to the disease, county health officials announced Friday.

The period of potential exposure was from Sept. 4 to the 24th, according to the county of San Diego Health and Human Service Agency. The agency said it was working with San Diego Unified officials to notify all those who may have been exposed.

“Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss,” said Deputy Public Health Officer Dr. Eric McDonald in a statement. “TB usually requires many hours of close indoor contact to spread to others, so most people who are exposed do not develop the disease. When it does occur, it can be treated and cured with medication. That is why it’s important to identify those who have been exposed.”

Free testing for students will be given on campus Oct. 22, but individuals can also be tested by their own doctors.

Incidents of tuberculosis in San Diego County are relatively rare, with 105 cases being reported in the year so far. Last year, 234 cases were reported locally.

Individuals with questions about TB were encouraged to the HHSA at (619) 692-8621.

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