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Child diagnosed with TB

PUBLISHED: 15:55 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:09 23 August 2010

PUPILS have been offered screening for Tuberculosis after a child was diagnosed with the infection at a primary school. The outbreak at Chantry Primary School, Ordnance Road, Gravesend, was confirmed in a letter to parents from the Kent Health Protection

PUPILS have been offered screening for Tuberculosis after a child was diagnosed with the infection at a primary school.

The outbreak at Chantry Primary School, Ordnance Road, Gravesend, was confirmed in a letter to parents from the Kent Health Protection Unit on Monday.

One student, who has been excluded from the school, has now begun treatment.

Those who have been in close contact have been offered screening for the infection.

In a letter to parents, Dr Mathi Chandrakumar, director of the Kent Health Protection Unit, said: "I would like to reassure you that the risk of transmission is very low.

"TB normally requires prolonged, close contact with the individual in a confined area such as a household for transmission to take place.

"Therefore the risk of infection is very small and it is unlikely that your child has acquired the infection."

TB is a bacterial disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and usually affects the lungs.

It often develops slowly over months and even years.

A meeting was due to be held yesterday afternoon for parents and staff to ask any questions on the disease.

For advice about TB contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or visit www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk for more information.


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