TB RETURNS TO SCHOOL WHERE 200 CAUGHT DISEASE LAST YEAR

TB RETURNS TO SCHOOL WHERE 200 CAUGHT DISEASE LAST YEAR

Health bosses have confirmed that a pupil is being treated for tuberculosis – a year after the school had an huge outbreak of the disease.

Public Health England say the year 11 pupil is said to be ‘recovering well’ and is a ‘low infectious risk.’

But TB screening has now been offered to all pupils at Teign School in Kingsteignton, Devon, who have had close contact with the affected pupil.

In 2015 200 Teign School pupils were found to have latent TB, a form of the disease which is not infectious.

PHE said while the year 11 pupil did have the ‘active’ form of the disease, further cases of emergency were of a ‘low risk’.

Tests are also being carried out to discover whether the case is linked to last year’s outbreak.

Dr Sarah Harrison, consultant in health protection for PHE South West, said: “Parents should be aware of the symptoms of TB.

“Should their children show these symptoms, they should seek advice from a doctor. The symptoms to look out for are a persistent cough for more than three weeks, feeling unusually tired or ill.”

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