tuberculosis case reported to Sycuan casino | News

A person at Sycuan Casino was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) and may have exposed customers and employees, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

The exhibition dates were April 1, 2021 through December 9, 2021. HHSA is working with Sycuan Casino officials to notify those potentially exposed.

Tuberculosis is spread from person to person through indoor air during prolonged contact with an infectious person. The risk of exposure for customers was low due to COVID-19 security measures such as masks, social distancing and separation walls in place at the casino.

“While many people at risk of TB are not infected, some will, and early infection may not have any symptoms,” said Cameron Kaiser, MD, MPH, deputy county public health official. “Although we do not believe this to be a high risk exposure, testing is recommended for employees who may have been exposed to the infected person for a significant period of time.”

Symptoms of infectious tuberculosis include a persistent cough, fever, night sweats, and unexplained weight loss. People with symptoms of tuberculosis, or who are immunocompromised and may not have obvious symptoms, should see their doctor to be evaluated for the bacteria. Tuberculosis can be cured with prolonged treatment of specific antibiotics.

Those wishing more information about this potential exposure should contact the San Diego County Tuberculosis Control Program at (619) 692-8621.

Tuberculosis is not uncommon in the San Diego area, and although it has been declining since the early 1990s, the number of cases has stabilized in recent years. In 2020, 192 cases were reported in San Diego County. The number of tuberculosis cases from last year has not yet been finalized, but so far 164 cases have been reported in 2021.

Learn more about TB and how to treat it by watching the story below from a TB survivor.

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