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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Northern Ireland : Youngster treated for tuberculosis

Via Belfast Telegraph :

" A school child in Northern Ireland has been treated for tuberculosis.
Around 50 fellow pupils at St Michael's Grammar School in Lurgan, Co Armagh, are to be offered screening, the Public Health Agency (PHA) said. They were believed to have been in close contact with the patient, a spokesman added.

Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious but curable infection which normally affects the lungs and is spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes.

PHA consultant Dr Michael Devine said: "I would like to reassure parents and those who attend the school that children with TB are rarely infectious to others and the risk to pupils and staff at the school is low."

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