PLNU is committed to creating an environment where students are safe and healthy. In today’s global society, disease can unintentionally spread very quickly when individuals are unaware of their exposure to others who are sick; or, when individuals become unintentional carriers of illness due to their unknowing exposure to a specific disease.
While no one wants to expose others to illness, it does happen in today’s world. Recently, PLNU experienced a situation where this occurred. On the evening of August 28, 2017, individuals attending a class at the Mission Valley campus may have been unintentionally exposed to tuberculosis (TB).
The individuals involved have been notified and they are working with PLNU and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency on a follow up testing plan. We greatly appreciate their attention and cooperation as we seek to ensure their health and the health of our entire community.
Given the limited public exposure, County public health officials have confirmed that students, faculty and staff at the Mission Valley Regional Center that were not in that particular class on August 28, 2017 are not at risk for this potential exposure. In addition, those individuals that were potentially exposed in class that afternoon/evening, do not present a risk to others at this time.
Tuberculosis (TB) is not uncommon in the San Diego region; however, it has been decreasing in recent years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and the County public health officer, Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., most people who are exposed to TB do not develop the active disease. Symptoms of active tuberculosis include cough, fever, night sweats, and unexplained weight loss. Those who test positive for TB can be treated with medication to prevent or cure the disease. It is for these reasons that those with possible exposure need to get tested.
If you have any questions about this potential exposure, please contact the PLNU Center for Student Success and Wellness at (619) 849-2574 or the County of San Diego’s TB Control Program at (619) 692-8621.
Frequently Asked Questions
When and where did the exposure take place?
The exposure to TB took place in a graduate course taught at the Mission Valley campus on the evening of August 28, 2017. The students enrolled were potentially exposed to Tuberculosis and have been notified. Screening of those potentially exposed needs to occur as a precautionary measure.
Have other students been exposed to tuberculosis (TB)? What is the extent of the TB exposure on the PLNU Campus?
The exposure to tuberculosis (TB) is isolated to only those in the graduate course at the Mission Valley on August 28. There is no exposure or risk to the broader community at Mission Valley or the main residential campus community.
How does TB pass from one individual to the next?
Tuberculosis (TB) is transmitted from person to person through airborne particles. It is not transmitted through touch or interpersonal contact. This is why the exposure is limited to the individuals in class at Mission Valley on August 28.
What services is PLNU offering to support students to give them peace of mind?
PLNU is meeting with those impacted by this situation to provide counsel, information, and support for ongoing testing to ensure their health and well-being. PLNU will also facilitate required testing and screening at the Mission Valley campus for these individuals at no cost.
How will PLNU be assured exposure is contained and students are not at risk?
The San Diego County Department of Public Health has assured the university leadership that the exposure is contained to just this particular class session. Since the disease is transmitted through airborne particles, it was contained in the classroom at Mission Valley the evening of August 28.