A person at Sycuan Casino was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) and could have exposed customers and employees, the San Diego County’s Health and Social Services Department said today.
The exposure data was from April 1, 2021 through December 9, 2021. HHSA is working with Sycuan Casino officials to notify the potentially exposed people.
Tuberculosis is transmitted from person to person through prolonged contact with an infectious person through the indoor air. The risk of exposure for the guests was low due to the COVID-19 security measures such as masks, social distancing and partitions in the casino.
“While many people exposed to tuberculosis do not become infected, some will, and early infection may not show symptoms,” said Cameron Kaiser, MD, MPH, assistant health officer for the county. “While we do not believe that this is a high-risk exposure, testing is recommended for employees who may have been exposed to the infected person for an extended period of time.”
Symptoms of infectious tuberculosis include persistent cough, fever, night sweats, and unexplained weight loss. People with symptoms of TB or who have compromised immune systems who may not show any obvious symptoms should see their doctor to get tested for the bacteria. Tuberculosis can be cured with prolonged treatment with specific antibiotics.
Individuals interested in more information about this potential exposure should contact the San Diego County TB Control Program at (619) 692-8621.
Tuberculosis is not uncommon in the San Diego area, and although it has declined since the early 1990s, case numbers have stabilized in recent years. In 2020, 192 cases were reported in San Diego County. Last year’s TB case numbers have not yet been finalized, but 164 cases have been reported so far in 2021.
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