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Tuberculosis case reported at Olympian High School

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Posted at 4:45 PM, Jun 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-07 19:47:20-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Health officials are working to notify people who may have been exposed to tuberculosis at Olympian High School over a three-month period.

According to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, the exposure period was between February 15 and May 15.

Free testing to students who may have been exposed is being offered on June 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the high school.

“Testing is recommended for all those exposed to assure they are not infected, since they may not have symptoms,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “For anyone infected, early diagnosis and prompt treatment can prevent disease.”

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

The number of TB cases has declined since the 1990s, according to health officials. A total of 237 cases were reported in 2017. So far in 2018, 75 cases have been reported throughout San Diego County.