The Public Health Protection Unit of NHS Greater Glasgow today confirmed that they are investigating a case of Tuberculosis (TB) in a female member of staff at a call centre.
Other staff from the centre will be offered the opportunity to be screened over the next few weeks but the risk of infection is very low.
Dr Syed Ahmed, Consultant in Public Health Medicine stressed that this is one of 200 cases a year of TB in Greater Glasgow and the chances of anyone from the woman's workplace contracting TB were very low
He added:"This is not the only case we are currently investigating.Every week we investigate four to five new cases in Glasgow and so far we have not identified any link between them.
"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."
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.
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
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.