Cluster of TB Cases Hit San Diego County

Three unrelated cases of Tuberculosis (TB) have surfaced in San Diego County. Two of the cases were reported in county sheriff’s detention facilities, while the third occurred at a local homeless shelter. One person has died.

Sheriff’s officials and those who may have been exposed at the shelter are being tested.

Exposure dates for the detention facilities were as follows:

  • San Diego Central Jail: Aug. 20-Sept. 6, 2019
  • Las Colinas Detention Facility: Oct. 16-Oct. 18, 2019
  • George Bailey Detention Facility: Sept. 6-Sept. 15, 2019

Exposure dates for the Temporary Bridge Shelter located at 16th St. and Newton Ave. were Aug. 20, 2019-Sept. 9, 2019.

TB is a rare and potentially serious infectious disease of the lungs. About 2,000 Californians are affected each year according to the state’s Department of Public Health. TB diagnoses are rising, especially among homeless populations. In 2017, 75% of California counties saw at least one case of TB

Read more about the San Diego cases at Fox 5 and NBC 7.


Comments

Top Stories

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 05:42

The man who coordinates homeless services for the City and County of Los Angeles is stepping down at the end of the month.

Legal

Policy

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 05:27

Marin County will honor a dozen people who turned things around after incarceration and have lived their lives as honorable and productive members of society.

Finance

Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 05:34

Los Angeles County voters may be asked to pay an additional 6 cents per square foot of property to help bolster firefighting efforts in Southern California.