La Mesa Middle School Students Warned of Possible TB Exposure

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    A doctor examines the x-rays of a tuberculosis (TB) patient in this file image.

    Students of a San Diego-area middle school may have been exposed to tuberculosis months ago, county health officials announced Monday.

    Free tuberculosis screening will be held Wednesday for students of La Mesa Middle School on Park Avenue.

    A person at the school recently started treatment for tuberculosis and may have exposed students from April 23 to June 13, county health officials said. No information was given as to the person's role at the school.

    Symptoms of TB range from a cough that won’t go away and a fever to night sweats. There is medication that can treat the disease.

    The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) reports that it is working with the school to alert people who may have been exposed.

    So far this year, there have been 84 cases of TB reported in the county. That’s far below the number of 206 reported the previous year.

    For more information on this potential exposure, call the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District at (619) 668-5700 or the County TB Control Program at (619) 692-8621.