SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two unrelated cases of tuberculosis in the South Bay were reported Thursday by San Diego County health officials.
One case was at Sweetwater High School in National City and the other at the Hilltop High School Learning Center in Chula Vista, according to the county Health and Human Services Agency.
At Sweetwater High, others may have been exposed from Oct. 2 to Dec. 16.
The HHSA is working with school officials to notify those who may have been exposed and is offering free testing to students and staff on Feb. 13, from 8:30 a. m. to 2:30 p.m. on campus.
At Hilltop High's alternative education facility, people may have been exposed to TB between Sept. 22 and Dec. 8. Testing for those students will take place at the school on Wednesday beginning at 8:30 a.m.
"Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss," said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county public health officer.
"Most people who are exposed to TB do not develop the disease," Wooten said. "But when it does occur it can be treated and cured with medication, so that's why it's important to identify those who may have been exposed."
There were 258 TB cases reported in San Diego County last year and 234 cases reported in 2015.
More information on the cases and potential exposure is available by calling the County TB Control Program at 619-692-8621.
FLU DEATH UPDATE
San Diego's flu-related death toll continues to rise.
According to the County Health and Human Services Agency, there have been 21 deaths connected to the flu.
All but two victims had underlying medical conditions.
As of this time last year, only six people had died of complications from the flu.
Health officials also reported that the rate of new cases dropped for the first time in months.
322 flu cases were confirmed last week, down from 437 the week before.
A decomposing body found inside a 55-gallon barrel that was floating in the San Diego Bay last month has been identified.
The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."
Temperature records were smashed across San Diego County Wednesday as the region hit the expected peak of a mini heat wave.
Ramona may be known for its horses and country living, but this Thanksgiving the town is reclaiming an old title.
The site of the blaze was the subject of a contested vote just last week in which the Escondido City Council voted 3-2 to approve a housing project, "The Villages," which would see 380 new homes built on the 109 acres of the abandoned golf course and country club.
Eight people were rescued and three remained missing after a U.S. Navy plane crashed into the western Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, the Navy said.
A San Diego State University student who died in September when she was struck by a car while attempting to cross Interstate 8 on foot had consumed at least eight shots of rum and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.29 percent, according to a coroner's report released Wednesday.
Three men were arrested Wednesday morning for allegedly firing shots in a Vista neighborhood then opening fire on responding sheriff's deputies.
At least two cars collided in the middle of a Camino Del Norte intersection leaving one vehicle overturned and blocking traffic.
Around 60,000 passengers are expected to pass through San Diego's Lindbergh Field daily during the upcoming holiday weekend.