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TB Cases Investigated By Public Health Protection Unit

June 18, 2008 3:26 PM

The Public Health Protection Unit of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is currently investigating two unlinked cases of TB (Tuberculosis) in Glasgow.
Both patients are women, they are responding well to treatment, and are expected to make a full recovery.
One works in the Society Room bar in West George Street, and is being treated in a city hospital.
The second patient is an employee at the Windsor Tavern in Dumbarton Road and is receiving treatment at home.
As a precautionary measure close contacts of both patients will be offered screening, including work colleagues and regular customers.
Dr Syed Ahmed, Consultant in Public Health Medicine for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “In keeping with national guidance, close contacts of the women will be offered screening depending on the length and type of contact they have had with them or offered advice and information where appropriate.
“Close contacts are defined as those who spend around 3-4 hours every day with someone with TB.
“If any customers of the either the Society Room or Windsor Tavern are experiencing symptoms such as a prolonged cough (dry or with a spit), weight loss, loss of appetite, high temperatureexcessive sweating (particularly at night and lasting for two weeks or more), coughing up blood or ‘dirty’ spitorchest tightness or pain they should either contact their local GP or the Public Health Protection Unit on 0141 201 4917.”
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For further information contact the Press Office on 0141 201 4429.
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.
There are around 200 cases of TB in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde
area every year and some 400 cases nationally across Scotland.
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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