Students at Castle Park High School Exposed to Active Tuberculosis: County Health - NBC 7 San Diego

Students at Castle Park High School Exposed to Active Tuberculosis: County Health

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    Students at a Chula Vista high school may have been exposed to someone suffering from active tuberculosis, San Diego County Health and Human Services officials said Tuesday.

    Free testing will take place November 7 at Castle Park High School on Hilltop Drive.

    County health officials said students and staff may have been exposed to TB at the school between July 20 and October 17. The school follows a year-round calendar so students started the school year in late July.

    Another, unrelated case, was reported at the San Diego Rescue Mission. Residents, volunteers and staff in the mission’s Men’s Center on Elms Street may have been exposed to TB between September 1 and October 6. Volunteers and residents will be offered no-cost testing on Wednesday, November 2 from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Mission.

    In August, county health officials warned parents at two Chula Vista schools of a similar exposure. The person, who was being treated at the time for active tuberculosis, spent time at both Harborside Elementary School and Castle Park Middle School, health officials said.

    TB generally requires many hours of close, sustained indoor contact to spread.

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

    The County TB Control Program at (619) 692-8621 can answer questions regarding these cases. For more information, check the county’s website.

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