"While the risk of infection is low, it is important that those who have been identified take the time to get tested," said Erin Gustafson. Medical Director of the Department of Communicable Diseases of the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. "Treatment is possible for those who tested positive."
According to district officials, "TB is a disease that spreads through the air on prolonged, repeated and close contact with a person infected with active TB." People can become infected with tuberculosis by breathing in someone's breath. If left untreated, TB can lead to serious complications. "
The disease can not be spread simply by shaking hands with an infected person or by sharing food or toilet seats, officials say.
TB is a disease transmitted by bacteria that primarily affect the lungs. Symptoms include severe cough, chest pain, and coughing up blood. Treatments are available but if left untreated, can lead to serious illness or even death.
For more information on TB, visit the CDC website. For more information, contact the Department of Communicable Diseases in San Bernardino at 1
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