San Diego on red alert after TB found at homeless shelter

November 30, 2023 by No Comments

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency has confirmed a case of tuberculosis (TB) exposure at the Golden Hall shelter in downtown San Diego. The potential exposure period occurred between September 5 and September 28, 2023. It is not known if it has since spread.

In collaboration with the Golden Hall shelter and the San Diego Housing Commission, the Health and Human Services Agency is reaching out to residents, employees, contractors, and volunteers who may have been present at the shelter during the specified timeframe.

TB is an infectious bacterial disease primarily affecting the lungs. It spreads through airborne transmission when an infected individual coughs, sneezes, or spits. While TB is preventable and treatable, an estimated one-quarter of the world’s population carries TB bacteria.

If you suspect that you have been exposed to TB or are experiencing symptoms, it’s important to get tested as soon as possible. If you do have TB, completing the full course of treatment prescribed by your doctor is essential to prevent the spread of the disease.

Additionally, taking steps such as avoiding close contact with people who have TB, practicing good hygiene, wearing a surgical mask, and getting vaccinated (if you are at high risk) can help to reduce the risk of transmission.

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