Tuberculosis case reported at Southwestern College

Posted at 1:39 PM, Nov 28, 2018

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Health officials are working to notify people possibly exposed to tuberculosis over several months at Southwestern College, according to County News Center.

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency says the exposure period was from August 20 to November 8, 2018.

The college says it will provide no-cost testing to identified students, faculty and staff from December 3 to 14 at Southwestern College Student Health Services.

Tuberculosis is transmitted from person-to-person through indoor air during prolonged contact with an infectious individual.
Symptoms include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss.

“The initial infection usually has no symptoms, so we recommend testing for all those exposed to assure they are not infected,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “For any infected individuals, early diagnosis and prompt treatment can prevent the infectious form of the disease.”

For more information call Southwestern Students Health Services at 619-482-6354 or the County TB Control Program at 619-692-8621.