Potential exposure to tuberculosis reported at UCSD

LA JOLLA, CA – Public health officials warn the public about possible exposure to tuberculosis on the main campus of UC San Diego in La Jolla.

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is working with UCSD officials to notify that they may have been exposed to the infectious disease between January 25 and May 15.

Most people who are exposed to tuberculosis do not get infected, health officials said. The symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss.

"Testing is recommended for all exposed persons to ensure they are not infected, as they may not have symptoms," said Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer, in a statement. "For any infected person, early diagnosis and timely treatment can prevent the disease."

County officials recommend that students, staff, and campus visitors with symptoms of tuberculosis and immunosuppressed people visit their doctor immediately. Tuberculosis can be treated and cured with antibiotics.

Free tests for identified students will begin on May 30 at the Student Health Center campus on Library Walk, west of the Price Center and south of the Geisel Library. The Department of Occupational Health at UC San Diego will provide free testing for faculty and campus staff.

The number of tuberculosis cases in San Diego County has decreased since the 1990s and has stabilized in recent years. There were 258 cases reported in 2016 and 237 in 2017, depending on the county. There have been 64 cases so far this year.

For more information, call the county tuberculosis control program at 619-692-8621.

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