Tuberculosis outbreak overblown

Fernando Yates and Fernando Yates

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency took precautionary measures when they learned that a City College student might have been exposed to tuberculosis. As a result, City College was contacted to help minimize the spread of TB.

Student health services will notify any person that may have been exposed to TB on campus by email and mailed letters. Those who received a letter from health services can get a free skin test at student health services.

“If you haven’t gotten a letter you’re good,” said Dotti Cordell, director of student health services.

TB is contracted by direct contact and is treatable with antibiotics. A positive skin test does not mean that you have contracted TB, only that you have been exposed to the disease.

Students who were suspected of being exposed and are not able to come in for immediate testing can return to campus during the summer even if they are not enrolled in summer session, said Cordell.

Student health services will close on May 20 for the spring semester and will be open June 14 to Aug. 16 for summer. Student health services can be reached at 619-388-3450.

Spring office hours:
Mon and Tues 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wed 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Summer office hours:
Tues and Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.