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STATEMENT ON TB CASE

July 30, 2004 3:41 PM

The Public Health Protection Unit of NHS Greater Glasgow today confirmed that a 27-year-old man is being treated for Pulmonary (lung) Tuberculosis (TB).

The man is recovering at home and is expected to make a full recovery.

Dr Syed Ahmed, Public Health Consultant, said: "The closest contacts of this man, those thought to be most at risk of catching this infection, are in the process of being screened and, as a precaution, we have also been screening his workmates."

This includes work colleagues at Glasgow Royal Infirmary – it should be stressed that his job does not involve any patient contact – Glasgow University and the Tennent's pub in Byres Road, Glasgow where he also worked as a barman.

Dr Ahmed stressed that this is one of 200 isolated cases a year of TB in Greater Glasgow and the chances of anyone from any of the man's workplaces contracting TB were very low. Initial information suggests that none of his close contacts have any evidence of active TB disease at the moment.

Although information will be provided to patrons of the pub, if there's anyone who has drank at the pub over the last six months who shows any symptoms of TB  - prolonged cough, dry or with a spit; weight loss; loss of appetite; high temperature or excessive sweating particularly at night and lasting for two weeks or more; coughing up blood or dirty spit; chest tightness or pain – we would advise them to contact their GP.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION on TB:

 

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.

What is Pulmonary TB?

This is the form of TB that primarily affects the lungs and can be contagious.

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 cannot contract TB by sharing the same dishes and household items and you cannot carry the TB germ back to your own family if you yourself have had contact with a TB case and have no symptoms.

It is possible for someone to contract TB and not show symptoms for one or two years after exposure. These people can test negative on screening, but go on to later develop symptoms.

What are the symptoms?
Prolonged cough -dry or with a spit
Weight loss
Loss of appetite
High temperature or excessive sweating particularly at night and lasting for two weeks or more
Coughing up blood or dirty spit
Chest tightness or pain

If a person is found to have TB whilst a patient in one of our hospitals, they would immediately be isolated and barrier nursing (to prevent contamination of other people) would be put into effect.

 

 

 

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