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.
The a Coast Guard is scheduled to offload approximately 36,000 pounds of cocaine Tuesday, which were seized during a counter-drug patrol in international waters off the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
Dry and warm conditions are expected to prevail in much of San Diego County Tuesday and continue into Wednesday.
A possible homicide suspect was in custody Tuesday morning after a fight near a Chula Vista gas station left a man dead, police said.
Construction has begun at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park on phase two of the Hillside Improvement Project – which includes the installation of over 20,000 new plants and a new trail system.
A protest was held Monday night after the San Diego Police Department launched an internal investigation into a program intended to reward officers for making drug arrests.
The San Diego City Council Monday rejected a proposal to boost the salaries of the mayor and council members.
Residents in Pacific Beach are taking crime fighting into their own hands after cell phone video captured two suspected thieves accused of making off with goods just stolen from a car.
A woman is being criticized after posting a video on social media of her petting a sea lion in La Jolla.
Adam Shacknai was on the stand Monday, as testimony continued in the wrongful death lawsuit of Rebecca Zahau.
A popular Point Loma Heights bike track, known as a “pump track,” has been damaged and parents are fighting to save it.