Olympian High School in Chula Vista. Photo via nealelectric.com

County health officials say they are working with the Sweetwater Union High School District to notify people who were possibly exposed to tuberculosis at Olympian High School in Chula Vista.

The period of exposure was from February 15 to May 15. No details about the patient were released.

Free testing for students who may have been exposed will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at the 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 Dr. Wilma Wooten, 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 San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency says the number of annual TB cases in San Diego County has fallen 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
  • Or Olympian High School at (619) 656-2400
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