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TB Case at San Diego State University

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A student was enrolled at SDSU full-time during the spring semester but did not live on campus has been diagnosed with infectious tuberculosis (TB).

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is working with San Diego State University officials to notify individuals who may have been exposed.

“SDSU officials have been working to notify approximately 1,000 students who may have been in close contact with the infectious student,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County Public Health Officer. The university’s Student Health Services will offer skin tests to students who have been notified of the possible exposure."

"Most people exposed do not develop TB, but testing is recommended to be sure. TB is treatable,” Wooten added.

Tuberculosis is not uncommon in the San Diego region. In 2009 to date, there are approximately 85 confirmed cases of TB in San Diego County. In 2008 there were 264 reported cases of TB.

Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss. Most people who are exposed to TB do not develop the disease. Prolonged close contact with an individual who has TB is required in order to spread the disease to others.

Individuals who need testing and have no medical provider, or need more information, may call the County TB Control Program at (619) 692-8621.