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Suspected TB Case at Glasgow Primary School

November 30, 2010 11:25 AM

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The Public Health Protection Unit of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is investigating a suspected case of TB in a teacher from Glendale Primary.

The patient is responding well to treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.

As a precautionary measure we have already written to the parents of any children who have been in close contact with the patient offering screening to make sure that they are not infected. We have also written to the parents of the other children in the school offering reassurance and advice.

Dr Gillian Penrice, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “The patient is being given the appropriate treatment and as a precautionary measure we are arranging to carry out screening of any students who have been in close contact with the patient.”

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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.

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

For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected].

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