An individual on the UC San Diego campus 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:
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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UCSD Student Health Services: MEDICAL EXCUSE POLICY
Last year, the UCSD Student Health Services had over 50,000 patient encounters. This high utilization is expected to continue and may impact access to care unless some types of visits are limited. Many common illnesses and injuries do not require care by a medical professional. For example, sore throat, cold symptoms, or mild gastrointestinal illnesses are often best cared for by rest and self-care at home. Visiting Student Health Services solely to obtain documentation of illness uses valuable appointment time, and potentially exposes others to their illnesses.
Therefore, in an effort to maintain sufficient availability of Same Day appointments and Urgent Care visits for those whose illness requires medical intervention, we will no longer provide “medical excuses” except under extreme circumstances (i.e.,severe, prolonged illness that necessitates dropping a class or obtaining specific accommodations for class/lab participation, test taking or make-up).
UCSD Student Health Services recognizes that students are often unsure about when they should come in for care. We encourage anyone with mild illness or injury to access our online health screens or to call Urgent Care at 858-534-3302 and speak with a triage nurse for assistance in determining how to best care for their illness or injury.
We appreciate your cooperation and concern for the well-being of our students.
Karen Calfas, Ph. D., Executive Director
Student Health and Well-being
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING USI INSURANCE SERVICE:
UC SHIP's enrollment vendor, USI Insurance Services (formerly Wells Fargo Insurance Services), will make 3 attempts per year via postal mail to obtain important information that is not on file with your campus registrars' office. You may also contact USI Insurance Services at 800-853-5899 Mon-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST to provide the requested information.
For more information, go to this link: http://ucop.edu/ucship/benefits/1095b-proof-of-insurance.html
There has been an outbreak of Hepatitis A in San Diego. Read more at the County website: http://bit.ly/2x6d2Ct
UC San Diego Health and the San Diego Public Health Department have advised us to give the Hepatitis A vaccine only those at high risk of getting Hepatitis A. Those at high risk include:
If you are not in the high risk category, you are at low risk of getting Hepatitis A. To prevent getting Hepatitis A, we encourage you to wash your hands before eating, wash your hands after going to the bathroom. Do not share drinks, food or eating utensils.
1. Students can be tested for immunity for Hepatitis A with a Hepatitis A titer. To get this order, call your SHS primary care provider or go through Nurses Clinic.
2. If you have had 2 doses of Hep A vaccine or history of Hepatitis A, you DO NOT need a titer. Please try to check your vaccine records to see if you need a blood test.
3. To get the Hepatitis A vaccine, students must go through Nurses Clinic
Requirements for Incoming Students are here: https://wellness.ucsd.edu/studenthealth/health-requirements/Pages/default.aspx
Traveling during Spring quarter? Protect yourself from Zika!
San Diego County HHS info:
Information for Pregnant Women: http://mothertobaby.org/?s=zika&lang=en
Up to date information about Zika virus at the Centers for Disease Control website:
To give you more personal service, all patients have been assigned a specific Primary Care Provider (PCP). You can find out your assigned PCP by logging onto TritonLink: https://shs.ucsd.edu
You can change your PCP at any time. See "About Us" for profiles of our physician and nurse practitioner staff.
Follow this link for contact information for your specific PCP and group: https://wellness.ucsd.edu/studenthealth/services/Pages/appointments.aspx