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STATEMENT FROM NHS GREATER GLASGOW ON TB CASE

November 28, 2003 3:59 PM

The Public Health Protection Unit of NHS Greater Glasgow is currently investigating a confirmed case of TB (Tuberculosis) involving a Glasgow woman.

The woman, who was offered screening during the TB outbreak at the Lord Darnley pub just over a year ago, is being given appropriate treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.

Close contacts of this person, including those who are customers at the Maxwell Arms pub in Glasgow's southside where the woman is a regular, have been offered screening.

Public Health officials say there is no additional risk to the general public, including patrons of the Maxwell Arms who are not close contacts of the woman.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

There are around 200 cases of TB each year in the Greater Glasgow area and more than 400 each year across Scotland. 

What is Tuberculosis (TB)?

TB is an infection caused by a germ, which usually affects the lungs but can also develop in other parts of the body, such as the kidney or glands. It is not a common disease but if it is not discovered and treated, then it can be serious. 

How do you catch it?

You may catch TB if you are in prolonged contact with someone who is coughing up TB germs. You would need to have close prolonged contact with the person to become infected. Although prolonged contact does not necessarily indicate that you have contracted the infection. You can't contract TB by sharing the same dishes and household items, and you can't carry the TB germ back to your own family if you yourself have had contact with a TB case and have no symptoms. 

What are the symptoms?  

  • Prolonged cough (dry or with a spit)
  • weight loss
  • loss of appetite
  • high temperature
  • excessive sweating (particularly at night and lasting for two weeks or more)
  • Coughing up blood or ‘dirty' spit
  • Chest tightness or pain 

 

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