Chula Vista, California - The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is working with Sweetwater Union High School District officials to notify people who were possibly exposed to tuberculosis at Olympian High School. The period of exposure is from February 15 to May 15.
Free testing for students who may have been exposed will take place on Wednesday, June 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Olympian High School, 1925 Magdalena Ave., Chula Vista.
“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.”
Tuberculosis is transmitted person-to-person through indoor air during prolonged contact with an infectious individual. Most people who are exposed do not become infected.
Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss. For individuals with symptoms of TB, or those who are immune-compromised and may not show symptoms, it is important that the person sees their medical provider to rule out TB. Tuberculosis can be treated and cured with antibiotics.
The number of annual TB cases in San Diego County has decreased since the early 1990s and has stabilized in recent years. There were 258 cases reported in 2016 and 237 in 2017. To date, 75 cases have been reported in 2018.
Individuals who would like more information on this potential exposure should call:
- County TB Control Program at (619) 692-8621
- Olympian High School at (619) 656-2400