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PUBLIC HEALTH PROTECTION UNIT INVESTIGATE TB CASE

March 21, 2005 12:00 PM

The Public Health Protection Unit of NHS Greater Glasgow today confirmed that they are aware of a 44 year-old man from Lanarkshire- attending Strathclyde University - who is being treated for Tuberculosis (TB).

The patient is responding well to treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.The risk to other students at the University is low.

Dr Syed Ahmed, Public Health Consultant, said: "The closest contacts of this person, those thought to be most at risk of catching this infection, are currently being screened by health officials from NHS Lanarkshire.

"A letter containing information and advice has been issued to students, although if any of them have any concerns, we would ask them to get in contact with us."

Anyone wishing more information, should contact the Public Health Protection Unit on 0141 201 4917.

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NOTES FOR 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 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.

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

For further information, contact:0141 201 4429

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