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Individuals at Naval Base Point Loma May Have Been Exposed to Tuberculosis

To date, 68 cases of tuberculosis have been reported in 2017.

Individuals at the Naval Base Point Loma may have been exposed to tuberculosis in recent months, County of San Diego Health and Human Services officials said

People who were at the Naval Base Point Loma Old Town Complex in building OT3 from Oct. 1, 2016 to Jan. 31, 2017 may have been exposed, Navy officials and County health officials said. 

Health officials say that people who were at the Naval Base Point Loma Topside building #40 between Feb. 1 and April 7 may have also been exposed. 

Symptoms of tuberculosis include fever, weight loss, night sweats and a persistent cough.

“Most people who are exposed to TB do not develop the disease," Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer, said in a statement.

The U.S. Navy will provide no-cost testing to everyone who believes they were exposed on May 9, 15 and 16 at the Naval Base Point Loma Old Town Complex. The testing will take place in the auditorium on Topside A-33. 

“Those confirmed to be exposed and infected can be treated and cured with medication to minimize chances of developing active TB disease; that’s why it’s important to identify those who have been exposed," Wooten said.

TB is not uncommon in San Diego. Last year, health officials reported 258 cases of TB. 

To date, 68 cases have been reported in 2017. 

If you would like more information, you can call the County TB Control Program at (619) 692-8621.

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