Chest x-ray Tuberculosis case
Tuberculosis case. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

San Diego County health officials are trying to reach people who may have been exposed to tuberculosis at San Diego City College and a MiraCosta College annex in Oceanside.

The county Health and Human Services Agency says the cases were unrelated.

One was at the MiraCosta College Community Learning Center, 1831 Mission Ave., Oceanside, with the period of possible exposure from Aug. 20 to Nov. 15. 

Free testing will be offered to identified students 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Community Learning Center.

The potential exposure at San Diego City College, 1313 Park Blvd., was Sept. 14 to Oct. 10, officials said. 

Free testing for identified students will take place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the college.

For both exposures, identified faculty and staff will be tested by their respective occupational health programs.

“Symptoms of active tuberculosis include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss and can be treated and cured with medication,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, county public health officer. “Most people who are exposed do not become infected but those who are can prevent disease by taking medication.”

For people with symptoms of TB, or who are immune-compromised, it is important that they see their medical provider to rule out TB.

For more information, call:

  • MiraCosta College Community Learning Center at (760) 795-6675
  • San Diego City College at (619) 388-6922
  • Or county TB Control Program at (619) 692-8621

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, the county says. To date, 188 cases have been reported in 2018.

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