by Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced possible Tuberculosis exposure at Fred H. Rohr Elementary School during summer and fall 2022 sessions. 

The Chula Vista Elementary School was notified of the exposure and is working alongside the county to identify those with a higher risk of exposure. The estimated period of exposure is from June 27 to Aug. 26, according to the HHSA. 

Free testing will be provided to identified individuals at increased risk for infection. 

According to San Diego County Public Health Officer Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., tuberculosis is an airborne disease transmitted from person to person through inhalation of bacteria from the air. 

The chances of infection are higher for people with frequent and prolonged indoor exposure to a person sick with tuberculosis.

“Symptoms of active turberculosis include persistent cough, fever, night sweats, and unexplained weight loss,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Most people who become infected after exposure to tuberculosis do not get sick right away. Some who become infected with tuberculosis will become ill at some point in the future, sometimes even years later. Blood tests and skin tests are effective to determine whether someone has been infected.

Anyone seeking further information on this potential exposure is asked to call the Chula Vista Elementary School District at (619)425-9600 or the county TB Control Program at (619) 692-8621. 

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