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Durham Region Health Department has confirmed that someone in our high school has been diagnosed with Tuberculosis (TB). The individual is on treatment and doing well.
The Health Department assures us that the general school population is at very low risk of exposure. Only those with close, prolonged contact (i.e. spent a lot of time in close contact with the individual who was ill) are at risk and should be tested for TB.
The Health Department is working with the DDSB to identify individuals who have been in contact with the person who has Tuberculosis and will be communicating with all individuals who require follow-up.
TB is an infectious disease and can be spread when someone who has active TB in the lungs coughs or sneezes the germs into the air. It is not easily spread; however, a person can become infected if he/she has close, prolonged contact with the person who has TB. Symptoms include a cough that lasts more than 3 weeks, weight loss, fever/chills, night sweats and feeling more tired than usual. TB is treatable and curable with medication.
A TB Screening Clinic will be held on July 16 and 17 for identified school contacts who require Tuberculin Skin Testing (TST). For those tested, a follow-up reading/results clinic will be necessary, and will be held on July 18 and 19. These clinics are by appointment only.
If you are required to attend the TB Screening Clinic for testing and follow up, you will receive a phone call or a letter from the Health Department. If you do not require testing and follow up, you will not be called.
Health Department staff will provide information about Tuberculosis at an information session for the school community at O'Neill CVI on Wednesday July 11 at 6:00 pm.
For further information on TB visit https://www.durham.ca/en/health-and-wellness/tuberculosis-tb.aspx or you can call the Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 to speak to a nurse.
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