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Health Officials Downplay Local Tuberculosis Cases

Students at six San Diego County campuses have been diagnosed with tuberculosis in the past year. But health officials say not to worry. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Health Officials Downplay Local Tuberculosis Cases

Students at six San Diego County campuses have been diagnosed with tuberculosis in the past year. But health officials say not to worry. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

The most recent case came last Friday, when a student at Mesa College was diagnosed with TB. Testing will be offered on that campus throughout this week.

Since January, students in the Escondido Union School District, at the University of Pheonix and two San Diego high schools have been diagnosed.

Health official Kathy Moser says it may seem like there's more TB cases out there, but actually the number is going down. She says the county's health agency is just doing a better job of getting the message out there.

Moser : In the past we worked more behind the scenes. We'd work at the schools doing more things to notify people on the campus. But we found once we started working with the media, people just pay more attention.

Moser says every year there's about 300 TB cases in the county.

Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.