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Person at Lincoln High School tests positive for tuberculosis

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Someone at Lincoln High School tested positive for tuberculosis and might have infected students, teachers and staff, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced Thursday.

The unidentified person might have exposed a limited number of people between Sept. 6 and Dec. 6, according to the HHSA.

"Most people who are exposed to TB do not develop the disease," said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county public health officer. "TB can be treated and cured with medication -- that's why it's important to identify those who have been exposed."

The San Diego Unified School District will offer free testing for affected students, faculty and staff at the school on Jan. 31.

Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss. The county has had 213 cases of tuberculosis so far this year.

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