San Diego bus riders potentially exposed to TB

Local health officials recently issued a warning that a San Diego area bus rider recently diagnosed with tuberculosis may have spread the disease to other commuters.

The County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency is working with transit authorities to notify riders who took a particular morning or evening bus route that they may have been exposed to TB from between June 1 and September 14, according to

“Most people who are exposed to TB do not develop the disease, but when it does occur, it can be treated and cured with medication,"Wilma Wooten, a county public health officer, said, reports. "Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent the spread of TB to others.

“These are all reasons why it’s important to identify those who have been exposed."

The county health agency is recommending that all riders on bus route 860 be tested for TB.

"It's something that's exposed in the air through particles or droplets, but if you're in an enclosed space on the bus, you are much more likely to re-breathe the air that someone else has coughed out with the tuberculosis bacteria," Eric McDonald, a county deputy public health officer, said, reports.