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Three cases of tuberculosis reported in San Diego County

Posted at 8:32 PM, Nov 14, 2019

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- County health officials are notifying people who may have been exposed to tuberculosis at locations throughout San Diego County.

According to County News Center, three unrelated cases of the disease were reported in San Diego County between August 20 and October 18.

Two of the cases were reported at San Diego County Sheriff’s detention facilities.

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The third case was found in a person who arrived from out of town after being diagnosed with TB and spent time at one of the city’s bridge shelters. Investigators believe the individual arrived in San Diego after leaving a Long Beach hospital without permission.

The third person died from “co-occurring medical conditions” at a local hospital on October 6.

The periods of exposure are listed below:

  • Aug. 20 to Sept. 6, 2019 at the San Diego Central Jail Detention Facility
  • Sept. 6 to Sept. 15, 2019 at the George Bailey Detention Facility
  • Oct. 16 to Oct. 18, 2019 at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility
  • Aug. 20, 2019 to Sept. 9, 2019 at the 16th St. and Newton Ave. bridge shelter

The sheriff’s department is offering free testing for its staff and all identified people in custody while the County Health and Human Services Agency is offering free tests to those who may have been exposed and have no medical provider.

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The agency is also working with the City of San Diego, the San Diego Housing Commission and the Alpha Project to notify people who may have been exposed.

Tuberculosis is transmitted from person to person through indoor air during prolonged contact with the infected person. According to health officials, most people who are exposed don’t become infected.