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TB Exposure Statement

A UC San Diego student has been identified with an active tuberculosis (TB) infection. UC San Diego Student Health and the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency are collaborating to notify individuals who may have been exposed, and provide testing if appropriate.

The period of exposure was from January 25, 2018 until May 15, 2018, and limited to a few locations on campus.

UC San Diego Student Health Services will provide no-cost testing to identified students beginning May 30 at the Student Health Services, located on the university's La Jolla campus. Testing for UC San Diego employees who may have been exposed will also be provided at no cost at UC San Diego Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Individuals who would like more information on this potential exposure may call:

  • Students: UC San Diego Student Health Services (858) 534-3300
  • Employees: (858) 822-5340
  • County TB Control Program (619) 692-8621

TB is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The most common site of infection are the lungs, but other organs may be involved. Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss.

The number of annual TB cases in San Diego County has decreased since the early 1990s and has stabilized in recent years. There were 258 cases reported in 2016 and 237 in 2017. To date, 64 cases have been reported in 2018.

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