Tuberculosis Found at 2 Chula Vista Schools

TB cases were reported at two west Chula Vista schools, San Diego County officials announced Friday.

An individual at MAAC Community Charter School (MCCS) and Options Secondary School was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) and may have exposed students and staff, County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) reported Friday.

HHSA is working with the Sweetwater Union High School District to notify those who were possibly exposed. The periods of potential exposure were from Aug. 8 to Sept. 20, 2012 at MCCS and from Oct. 19 to Nov. 9, 2012 at Options Secondary School.  

Tuberculosis is not uncommon in the San Diego region. In 2011, 263 cases of TB were reported in the county, and 196 cases have been reported so far this year.

“Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss,” said Eric McDonald, M.D., M.P.H., county deputy public health officer. “TB usually requires many hours of close, indoor contact to spread to others so most people who are exposed do not develop the disease. When it does occur, it can be treated and cured with medication. That’s why it’s important to identify those who have been exposed.”

Free testing for students and staff who were potentially exposed will take place Nov. 27 at Options Secondary School, 467 Moss Street, Chula Vista and Nov. 28 at MCCS, 1385 Third Avenue, Chula Vista. 

For more information about these possible exposures, call the County of San Diego TB Control Program at 619-692-8621.

– County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency

John Galt November 17, 2012 at 02:17 PM
This is a real health problem that can have significant Repercussions to our community. We need to isolate everybody involved and have lots of testing done. With winter fast approaching and the Christmas season upon us the ability to spread is very high. If you're feeling sick please stay home so that if you are contagious it doesn't spread. Thank you.
Vanimaniac November 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM
That's all great advice John. Unfortunately, there are idiots out there who believe that "getting out and walking" will help them feel better.
Erika Lowery November 18, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Also schools, at least the ones my kids go to, want a specific list of symptoms when calling in a child ill - like temperatures, cough, etc. Mostly due to their reduced funding; they have to justify absences. Schools are pushing for 100% attendance for all students, sick or not. Also I know a lot of parents who send their kids to school when sick because they don't want to miss work. Really? Get a lot more people sick because of an 100% attendance record or the fact mom/dad don't want to miss work. Sorry, not this mom. Mind you I also don't do Black Friday shopping after getting chicken pox on Black Friday when I was 23.
Ed Sorrels November 18, 2012 at 12:56 AM
People are just now beginning to understand how small our world has gotten, What is a contagious disease today in Manila is tomorrow an out break of that disease in Washington D.C. The next attack on the American people could well be biological,We must start to control our borders and immunize our children if we want to keep them safe !
John Galt November 18, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Ed- right on point.
John Galt November 18, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Erika - tell the school that HIPPA regulations will not let you discuss their medical conditions. Aka mind their own business.
Erika Lowery November 18, 2012 at 07:06 AM
John, I do every time I have to call them out. Then I get a call from the school nurse and/or counselor stating the reasons and the downfalls of "unexcused absences"; and each time I refuse they require a doctor note to come back. Now if the kid is sick for one day and I don't state what is wrong I need a note. If I do "state the symptoms" it will be 3 days before a doctor's note is required. It will take a lawsuit against a district before any changes will be made.
Erika Lowery November 18, 2012 at 07:06 AM
John- you wouldn't happen to know a good attorney that is willing to take this on, would you? ;)
Ed Sorrels November 19, 2012 at 07:59 PM
John, I was in Manila in the P.I. in May when the 1957 Asian flu broke out, There were a 100 people a day dying, They flew in the immunization shot's in late may for us, By Late june it had broken out here in the U.S. and as the kid's went back to school it really took off, We lost 70.000 people here in the U.S. and 2 million world wide, The Virus Base was the h2n2 virus which is highly adaptable and can propagate in a new substrain easily, If it happens again it won't take a month to get started here probably just a matter of week's
John Galt November 19, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Erika - you do njot need a lawyer. Write the kid a note yourself. That is all that is required, end of discussion. The rest is bull. Tell the school no doctor note because you home medicate your child. Also requiring a note violates HIPPA, so just your own note is enough. I hate dealing with schools; too many stupid people.
John Galt November 19, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Erika – I forgot, if all else fails – tell them no because of religious reasons; they will want to avoid that. If they comment or even smirk, tell them that violates your civil rights and could cost that person their job and pension. Then ask to speak with their supervisor. Be sure to say it with a smile  They will stop bothering you.
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