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TB case confirmed at school

Following a visit by Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Elizabeth Ferdinand and a medical team, the Ministry of Health has confirmed that a case of Tuberculosis (TB) has been diagnosed in a secondary school student.

This morning a team from the Maurice Byer Polyclinic visited the school and spoke with students and school personnel about TB, outlining modes of transmission, symptoms, treatment and preventive measures. Students’ immunisation cards were checked to ascertain if they had been vaccinated with the BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin). They were also asked to complete a brief questionnaire.

A rapid assessment of 170 students was conducted, as a precautionary measure. Yesterday, parents were notified by letter of the possibility that some students may have been exposed to a respiratory illness and requested them to send their children’s immunisation cards to the school for a review.

Parents of students who have not been vaccinated with BCG will be receiving a letter asking them to bring their children to the Maurice Byer Polyclinic for further management.

Tuberculosis is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis.   It is spread through the air from one person to another, when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks or sings. Symptoms include a persistent cough, fever, chills or night sweats. TB can be treated by taking several drugs, usually for a six to nine month period. (BGIS)

7 Responses to TB case confirmed at school

  1. Daniel Polonis
    Daniel Polonis May 27, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    dont say which school or anything….stupse

  2. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner May 27, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Why these idiots not naming school its in public interest to know,what are they trying to prove how stupid government officials are.

  3. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha May 27, 2014 at 7:12 pm


  4. PhatKat Kalonji
    PhatKat Kalonji May 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    U have a lot of faith n health officials …hope it wrks out well for u

  5. Mac10 May 27, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Given the distance kids travel to go to school this could be spread around the Island so easily. The name of the school needs to be released so appropriate quarantining can be put in place.

    The GIS & MOH are wrong to withhold that info.

  6. Joyce May 28, 2014 at 7:41 am

    I hope the matter is resolved quickly. TB outbreak is not needed and there is a vaccination to prevent it.

  7. Liana Springer May 28, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    The reality of this situation is that a 3rd (14-15) form student should not be susceptible to TB ; because if this child is up to date with the ministry of health vaccination schedule by this age they would have been vaccinated and had subsequent boosters. .my son attends a school in the north and I am therefore not panicking because he’s been vaccinated…moral of the story is keep your children vaccinations up to date. .


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