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Tuberculosis Case Reported at Patrick Henry High School – countynewscenter.com

A person at Patrick Henry High School was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) and may have exposed students and staff according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.

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A person at Patrick Henry High School was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) and may have exposed students and staff according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA).
The dates of exposure are from August 26, 2019 to March 13, 2020. HHSA is working with San Diego Unified School District officials to notify those who were potentially exposed and provide TB testing.
Patrick Henry High School is currently participating in social distancing protocols and onsite TB screening will not be available at the school. Students identified to have been exposed to TB can get tested with their primary care provider. Students who do not have a medical provider may contact HHSA staff to arrange for free testing by appointment only. Identified staff will be provided testing by the San Diego Unified School District.
Tuberculosis is transmitted from person to person through indoor air during prolonged contact with an infectious person. Most people who are exposed do not become infected.
Testing is recommended for everyone who was determined to have been exposed to make sure they are not infected since initial infection typically has no symptoms, said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. Early diagnosis is important so that people can get treatment and prevent them from developing the infectious form of the disease.
Symptoms of infectious tuberculosis include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss. People with symptoms of TB, or who are immune-compromised and may not show symptoms, should consult their medical provider to be evaluated for the bacteria. Tuberculosis can be cured with antibiotics.
People who would like more information on this potential exposure should contact:
Tuberculosis in not uncommon in the San Diego region but has been decreasing since the early 1990s and has stabilized in recent years.
There were 237 tuberculosis cases reported in 2017 and 226 in 2018. Last year, 265 San Diego County residents were diagnosed with TB. To date, 67 cases have been reported in 2020.

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False claims resurface about tests for COVID-19 and its survival rate – Education – Australian Associated Press

A Facebook post claims tests for COVID-19 cannot distinguish between the coronavirus, the flu and common cold.

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A Facebook post claims COVID-19 tests cannot distinguish between COVID-19, the flu and common cold. It also claims a 99.5 per cent “survival rate” for the coronavirus.
The post features an image of a yellow map of Australia in the background with text that begins with, “Dear Australia” before asking a series of questions including: “A virus with a 99.5% survival rate that has killed fewer than the normal flu season?” and “a virus that the test can’t identify separately from the f…

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Coronavirus in kids: Parents say kids being diagnosed as COVID-19 ‘long haulers’ – NEWS.com.au

Coronavirus in kids: Parents say kids being diagnosed as COVID-19 long haulers

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Parents are speaking out about their children falling ill with long-term symptoms from COVID-19. A number of mums and dads say their children are falling victim to symptoms of coronavirus that linger for months. The parents say their children, initially unable to be tested for the virus, have been diagnosed months later as they suffer from long-term post viral symptoms.
Jane Evans said her daughter Indiana became sick with a cough in March. Indiana, 14, from Hertfordshire in England had no othe…

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Victorian emergency departments during COVID-19: overall presentations down but assault, DIY injuries up – The Conversation AU

Comparing presentations to Victorian hospital emergency departments in May 2020 to those in May 2019 reveals some important differences.

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COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria have had a marked effect on how and where we spend our time. For many people, home has become the workplace, and for most school-aged children, home is also the classroom.
We compared Victorian emergency department presentations in May 2020 to those in May 2019 and found this extra time at home has affected the rates at which people are presenting to hospital with injuries and the types of injuries theyre presenting with.
Importantly, overall presentations to …

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