Two California H.S. students test positive for TB

Public health officials in San Diego County, California, recently announced that a local high school student has tested positive for tuberculosis and may have infected others.

Free TB testing is being offered to the students, faculty and staff at Bonita Vista High School in Chula Vista, according to The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency said that others might have been exposed to the disease between June 1 and September 9.

"TB can be treated and cured with medication and that's why it's so important to identify those who have been exposed," Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer, said, reports.

Wooten said that symptoms of the active form of TB include persistent coughing, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss. Most people who are exposed to TB do not develop the active form of the disease, according to

In April, approximately 1,300 people in San Diego County were notified that they might have been exposed to TB at the San Diego American Indian Health Center. During that incident, health officials set up free testing services in an attempt to reduce the threat from the disease.

“Over the decade we have had success reducing TB because of an aggressive public health approach. We want to keep it that way,” Dr. Eric McDonald, the county deputy public health officer, said, reports. “We want to pick up any possibility of anyone being exposed and prevent them from getting the full-blown disease.”