Cal State San Bernardino student has active tuberculosis, may have exposed 400 to illness - San Bernardino County Sun

20 September 2019

A student at Cal State San Bernardino has active tuberculosis and may have exposed about 400 students and employees to the illness between April and August, according to county health officials.

The student is receiving treatment and will return to school when cleared by San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, department spokeswoman Lana Culp said in a news release.

The Cal State students and employees that were identified will receive emails from the department with information about testing. Those who do not receive a testing notification are considered not to be at risk for exposure and TB testing is not recommended, according to the release.

Tuberculosis is spread through the air during prolonged, repeated and close contact with an individual who is infected with active tuberculosis. People may contract TB when breathing air exhaled by someone who is sick with the illness. When left untreated, TB can result in serious complications.

In Riverside County, health officials reached out at the end of August to individuals who may have come into contact with a Kaiser Permanente-Moreno Valley employee with active tuberculosis. A Cal State San Bernardino student had active tuberculosis in June 2017.

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