TB Case Reported at North Park Preschool

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011  |  Updated 12:15 PM PDT
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TB Case Reported at North Park Preschool

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H.R. Holman, public information officer at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, volunteers his arm to demonstrate a tuberculosis test following a news conference in Oklahoma City, Monday, Sept. 18, 2006. Hundreds of patients and hospital workers may have been exposed to tuberculosis by coming into contact with a health care worker who has been diagnosed with the disease, public health officials said. (AP Photo)

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Students at Edison Elementary Preschool in North Park will be tested next week after someone at the preschool was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis.

Students and staff may have been exposed to the disease from Jan. 24 to Feb. 9, 2011 according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA).

County staffers will be at the school Feb. 28 to test for early signs of infection.

"Once diagnosed, TB can be treated and cured with medication," said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County Public Health Officer in a news release.

Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss.

Those who need more information may call the County TB Control Program at (619) 692-8621.

Tuberculosis is not uncommon in the San Diego region. This is the 24th case in 2011. In 2010, there were 222 cases reported in San Diego County, according to the county.
 

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