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NHSGGC Public Health Protection Unit Investigate Three Cases of Suspected TB in One Family

February 20, 2008 11:12 AM

The Public Health Protection Unit of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is investigating three children with suspected TB from the same family.

Two of the children attend Haghill Primary and in keeping with national guidelines letters giving information, advice and reassurance have been given to the parents of the children in the classes involved. There is no need to carry out screening in the school as the two children are not thought to be infectious. .

The three children are all being given the appropriate treatment.

Dr Gillian Penrice, Consultant in Public Health Medicine for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “This is not an outbreak but three cases within the one family unit and the children are all responding well to treatment.

“As the children are not infectious, there is no need for us to screen anyone from the school. As well as letters to parents, one of our TB Nurse Specialists will also be available to offer further information and advice for anyone with additional concerns.”

There are around 200 cases of TB in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area every year and some 400 cases nationally across Scotland.
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
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.

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



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