Lincoln High student diagnosed with TB

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SAN DIEGO — Someone at Lincoln High School this spring had tuberculosis and might have exposed others, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced Monday.

The period for potential TB exposure was between March 12 and June 12, according to the HHSA. The sick person is undergoing treatment.

“Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “Most people who are exposed to TB do not develop the disease, but when it does occur, it can be treated and cured with medication — that’s why it’s important to identify those who have been exposed.”

The HHSA and school officials are notifying those who might have been exposed. Free testing will take place Tuesday on campus at 4777 Imperial Ave.

Tuberculosis is not uncommon in the San Diego region but has been decreasing in recent years, according to the health agency.

So far this year, 112 cases have been reported. In 2013, 206 cases were reported in the county, the lowest number since local TB cases peaked at 469 in 1993. There were 234 cases in 2012.

Information about the potential exposure can be obtained by calling the County TB Control Program at (619) 692-8621.

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