Number of New tuberculosis Cases at CSUSB Palm Desert Withheld

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California State University of San Bernadino at Palm Desert
California State University of San Bernadino at Palm Desert

The unidentified student who initially tested positive was treated and was expected to recover.

PALM DESERT – Students and staff at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert campus largely followed through with testing after a student was diagnosed with tuberculosis earlier this month, but health officials at the university said Friday they’ll keep it secret if more cases have been found.

School and public health officials announced April 1 that a student at the local campus was believed to have active tuberculosis, and mounted a notification and testing regimen for students and staff who possibly were exposed.

Patti Smith, director of the CSUSB health centers in San Bernardino and Palm Desert, said compliance with testing sessions on April 7 and April 14 was good, but she refused to say how many additional people, if any, tested positive.

“It’s confidential,” Smith said, declining to elaborate.

The unidentified student who initially tested positive was treated and was expected to recover.

Riverside County health officials sent letters to students identified as at-risk, and campus officials similarly reached out to staff.

“While the risk of infection is slight, it is important that those who are notified take the time to get tested,” Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the county’s public health officer, said at the time. “It will provide peace of mind for those who are concerned about being exposed or begin the next step in the evaluation process.”

TB skin tests were performed at clinics at the Palm Desert campus, or people could be seen by their own medical providers.

Those who had skin tests were required to return two days later to have the results read.