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Health officials warn of possible tuberculosis exposure at Morse High School

Posted at 3:13 PM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 18:22:40-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Students and staff at Morse High School may have been exposed to tuberculosis, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.

According to the agency, the periods of exposure were from June 17 to July 26 during summer school, then again from August 26 to September 10.

Health officials and the San Diego Unified School District are working to notify those who may have been exposed.

Testing will be provided on September 24 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Morse High School for students identified as potentially exposed. The district is providing testing to staff who may have been exposed.

Tuberculosis is transmitted from person to person through indoor air during prolonged contact with someone who is infected.

“It is important that we identify those who have had prolonged close contact in an enclosed space with the TB case and test them since the initial infection usually has no symptoms,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Early diagnosis and prompt treatment can prevent the infectious form of the disease.”

Symptoms of TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss.

Anyone interested in more information on potential exposure is asked to call Morse High School at (619) 262-0763 or the County TB Control Program at (619) 692-8621.