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South Bay student tests positive for tuberculosis

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CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A student at Bonita Vista High School has tested positive for tuberculosis and might have infected other pupils and staff, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced Monday.

The possible exposure to others might have been between June 1 and Sept. 9, according to the HHSA.

County health officials have been working with the Sweetwater Union High School District to notify people who might have come in contact with the sick person.

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

Free on-campus testing will be offered Tuesday for students, faculty and staff.

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

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