Imperial Beach, California - A person at Central Elementary School in Imperial Beach recently started treatment for tuberculosis (TB) and may have exposed others, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) reported today.

HHSA is working closely with Central Elementary School officials to notify individuals who were possibly exposed to TB. The period of potential exposure is from March 17 to April 23, 2014. Free testing for students who may have been exposed will take place on May 13 at the school located at 1290 Ebony Avenue in Imperial Beach.

“Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County 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.”

TB in not uncommon in the San Diego region but has been decreasing in recent years. To date, 59 cases have been reported in 2014. 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.

For more information on this potential exposure, call the Central Elementary School at (619) 628-5000 or the County TB Control Program at (619) 692-8621.