Officials warn of 2 possible tuberculosis exposures on college campuses

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SAN DIEGO -- People may have been exposed to two unrelated tuberculosis cases at Southwestern College and San Diego City College. There was also possible exposure on Metropolitan Transit System Bus Route 12, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced Friday.

The periods of possible exposure to the bacteria were:

  • Southwestern College: August 26, 2019 to December 10, 2019
  • San Diego City College: July 26, 2019 to August 5, 2019 and August 19, 2019 to December 16, 2019
  • Bus Route 12: July 26 to August 5, 2019 and August 19 to Dec. 16, 2019, Monday through Friday—Departing from Skyline Hills between 7:59 and 8:47 a.m. to City College Transit Center. Departing from City College Transit Center between 7:04 and 8:04 p.m. to Skyline Hills.

Tuberculosis can be treated and cured with medication. People who have TB symptoms or are immuno-compromised are encouraged to see their medical health care provider to rule out TB.

“Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “However, most people who are exposed to tuberculosis do not develop the disease.”

Free TB testing will be available at the following locations:

Southwestern College
Student Health Services, 900 Otay Lakes Road, Student Center, Room 67A-102, Chula Vista, CA 91910. Hours: Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  SWC employees will be tested by Occupational Health.

San Diego City College
City College students can contact HHSA TB Control Program to arrange for testing or visit the Student Health Clinic reopening February 3. City College employees will be tested by Occupation Health. Student Health Clinic is at 1313 Park Boulevard, A building Room 180, San Diego, CA 92101. Testing at the college begins February 3. Clinic hours are Monday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Metropolitan Transit System
Passengers are advised to consult with their medical provider or contact HHSA to arrange for TB testing. MTS employees identified will be tested by Occupational Health.

For more information on these potential exposures, call:

  • Southwestern Students Health Services (619) 482-6354
  • San Diego City College Student Health Clinic Director Dotti Cordell (619) 388-3903
  • County TB Control Program at (619) 692-8621

The number of tuberculosis cases in San Diego County has decreased since the early 1990s and has stabilized in recent years, HHSA said. There were 237 cases reported in 2017 and 226 in 2018. A total of 265 cases were reported in 2019.

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