County, campus warn of TB case

Veronica Eissa

City’s Student Health Services was contacted regarding a case of active tuberculosis, or TB, found on campus this past week, an announcement stated.

Initially, the documented case was reported by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, which contacted the campus immediately.

According to the announcement, so far only one active case of the disease was discovered.

Tuberculosis is a highly contagious disease, which spreads through the air when in close contact with a person that has active TB. It is also possible to test positive for TB without having the disease, which indicates a dormant state of TB. A simple skin test can help find out if someone is a carrier. If the skin test is positive additional tests or an X-ray is done to determine if the disease is active.

The tests can be requested from a family physician or by visiting neighborhood clinics or public health centers such as the San Diego Public Health Center. A source on campus is the Student Health Services.

For more information on campus, contact the Student Health Services program at (619) 388-3450.

For additional concerns, contact Gabriela Abenojar at the San Diego Health and Human Services at (619)692-5754 or at Gabirela.Abenojar@sdcounty.ca.gov.

To learn more about tuberculosis, visit the www.sandiegotbcontrol.org