Patrons, employees of San Diego casino possibly exposed to tuberculosis

It appears as though the Lucky Lady Casino in San Diego is possibly harboring bad luck.  According to the California Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), patrons and workers of the casino may have been exposed to tuberculosis (TB) at the casino during a six-month period that ended in late September. 

According to San Diego County spokesman Jose A. Alvarez, anyone visiting the casino between February 23 and September 30 may have been exposed to TB.  He didn't elaborate on how the dates were confirmed or what the possible source of the TB was.  He added that the HHSA will provide free testing at the casino for patrons, but added that they'll have to wait.  The testing won't be made available until December 8-9.  Anyone not able to get tested on those dates should contact their physician or their county's TB Control office. 

Beginning yesterday, casino employees were able to be tested free of charge.  San Diego County's Occupational Health office is conducting the tests and the HHSA indicated that it can take up to eight to ten weeks for someone to test positive for TB after being exposed. 

According to Dr. Wilma Wooten, San Diego County's Public Health Officer, most people who are exposed to TB do not become infected.  She added that testing is always recommended, however. 

TB is transmitted through indoor air from prolonged contact with someone who is already infected.  Symptoms include fever, night sweats, cough and unexplained weight loss. 

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