Worker at San Diego Airport Contracted Tuberculosis

An employee at San Diego International Airport worker was diagnosed with tuberculosis but county health officials said there is an "extremely low" exposure risk to the public. 

The employee did not have a lot of contact with other employees or the public during the time he or she was contagious - approximately January 1 to May 29, according to San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.

Even so, the county has notified Southwest Airlines, G2 Secure Staff, LLC and the Airport Authority about the diagnosis. 

“In most cases, a person has to be in close contact with someone who has TB for a long period of time to be at risk for getting TB,” said Dean Sidelinger, M.D., M.S.Ed., interim County deputy public health officer in a written news release.

You can learn more about this incident and infectious pulmonary tuberculosis by calling County TB Control Program at (619) 692-8621.

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