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Free TB testing begins at Southwestern College after disease exposure

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CHULA VISTA (CNS) - No-cost tuberculosis testing will begin Friday at Southwestern College, where a student diagnosed with the disease may have exposed staff and fellow pupils.

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is working with the community college to identify who might have been exposed between Aug. 15 and Oct. 18.

"TB can be treated and cured with medication," said Dr. Eric McDonald, deputy county public health officer. "Most people who are exposed to TB do not develop the disease, but early identification of exposure through TB screening tests is important."

Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss.

Testing for students, faculty and staff will be offered at the school's Heath Services office in the Student Center, Room 601F.

The case is the 193rd reported in San Diego County this year. The HHSA did not provide information on the ill student's condition.

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