County health officials are warning the public they may have been exposed to tuberculosis between June 1, 2011 to September 14, 2011.
A person recently diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) regularly rode the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) bus route 860 6:35 a.m. express bus from the Carmel Mountain Ranch area to Pacific Highway and Grape St. The same individual then rode the 4:10 p.m. express (route 860) back to the North County area, during the specific time period. Officials say anyone who rode on this route between June and September could potentially be exposed to the disease.
“Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss,” says Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County Public Health Officer. “Most people who are exposed to TB do not develop the disease, but when it does occur, it can be treated and cured with medication. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent the spread of TB to others. These are all reasons why it’s important to identify those who have been exposed.”
If you feel you may have been exposed, the County encourages you to call your physician. Individuals without medical insurance may contact the County TB Control Program at (619) 692-8621.
County officials say 179 cases of TB were reported in 2011.