The Global Dispatch (12.06.12)
On December 5, San Diego County health officials reported that students and staff at Vista High School and San Ysidro Middle School were being notified of potential exposure to TB after students from the two schools tested positive for TB. The County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) has been working in conjunction with the schools to notify all who were potentially exposed to the disease. The period of exposure for those at Vista High School was from August 20 through October 30, and for San Ysidro Middle School the time period was from July 31 through November 28.
A free testing session for students and staff who may have been exposed to TB was held on December 10 at San Ysidro Middle School, and another testing session will occur on December 18 at Vista High School, 1 Panther Way, Vista.
According to county deputy public health officer Eric McDonald, TB is reported more often in the San Diego region than in the rest of the United States, but the number of cases has decreased in the last 10 years. There have been 211 cases of TB reported in San Diego in 2012, compared with 263 cases in 2011. McDonald noted that since TB can be treated and cured with medication, it is especially important to identify individuals who may be infected. For more information about the exposure, contact the San Diego County TB Control Program at (619) 692-8621.