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Entertainment Tuberculosis diagnosis at Moncton high school has mother feeling left in the dark

16:26  27 november  2019
16:26  27 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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This tuberculosis vaccine is seldom used in the United States but is widely used in countries with high TB infection rates. A yellow color to your skin (jaundice). Dark urine. A fever that lasts three or more days and has no obvious Tuberculosis . In: Current Diagnosis & Treatment in Family Medicine.

Tuberculosis ( TB ) is an infectious disease usually caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) bacteria. Tuberculosis generally affects the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body.

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The mother of a high school student in Moncton says her daughter will not be returning to class until she receives answers surrounding a recent diagnosis of tuberculosis at the school.

On Thursday, public health officials confirmed they were investigating a case of active tuberculosis at Bernice MacNaughton High School (BMHS) in "a member of the school community."

But Vanessa Grimmer, the mother of a Grade 10 student at BMHS, says receiving information about the diagnosis has proven difficult.

On Monday night, she attended an information session put on by regional Medical Officer of Health Dr. Yves Léger. She says she went "to find out some answers, to find out the risks, to find out how the school is going to help in the situation, what they're going to do for testing," but wasn't left satisfied.

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Tuberculosis is diagnosed by finding Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria in a clinical specimen taken from the patient. While other investigations may strongly suggest tuberculosis as the diagnosis , they cannot confirm it.

Tuberculosis ( TB ) is a potentially serious infectious disease that mainly affects your lungs. The bacteria that cause tuberculosis are spread from HIV weakens a person's immune system so it can't fight the TB germs. In the United States, because of stronger control programs, tuberculosis began

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Grimmer says she was also hoping to figure out if her daughter could have come in contact with the case and wanted to be able to get her daughter's skin tested to see if she could have latent tuberculosis.

"We've even asked public health where they can recommend where we can go get (testing) done," she says. "They refuse to answer."

Grimmer has kept her daughter home since learning of the diagnosis and says she's still processing what she was told Monday.

"She's concerned," Grimmer told Global News of her daughter. "She doesn't want to be sick, obviously."

Speaking to reporters last week, Léger said testing can't happen until eight weeks after people could have had last contact with the case.

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Learn all about tuberculosis , a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air by bacteria. Tuberculosis can be fatal and can affect anyone in any Latent TB - the bacteria remain in the body in an inactive state. They cause no symptoms and are not contagious, but they can become active.

Diagnosing pulmonary TB – TB that affects the lungs – can be difficult, and several tests are usually needed. You may have a chest X-ray to look for changes in the appearance of your lungs that are suggestive of TB . Samples of phlegm will also often be taken and checked for the presence of TB

"Unfortunately, it is the reality that we have to deal with," he said. "It's the only tool that we have at our disposition to identify if you've been exposed or not to the (tuberculosis) bacteria."

Some parents were at ease about the news. After learning of the diagnosis, Noel Ward, a father of two at the school, said "I wasn't overly concerned, it seems like a rare occurrence."

Dr. Léger said "with every case, we always make sure that they don't pose a risk to people until such time as they've received adequate treatment," suggesting "there were measures in place."

"I can appreciate that even mentioning the word tuberculosis can be anxiety-provoking," Léger said. "It's not something that is as contagious as things like influenza or measles... I think the risk to the school community is low."

Nine out of 10 people who are exposed to the bacteria don't get sick, Léger said at the time. He could not say whether it was a student or staff member due to patient confidentiality.

Tuberculosis diagnosis at Moncton high school has mother feeling left in the dark

  Tuberculosis diagnosis at Moncton high school has mother feeling left in the dark On Thursday, public health officials confirmed they were investigating a case of active tuberculosis at Bernice MacNaughton High School in "a member of the school community."On Thursday, public health officials confirmed they were investigating a case of active tuberculosis at Bernice MacNaughton High School (BMHS) in "a member of the school community.

Tuberculosis ( TB ) is caused by bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis ) that most often affect the lungs. Tuberculosis is curable and preventable. In 2018, 87% of new TB cases occurred in the 30 high TB burden countries. Eight countries accounted for two thirds of the new TB cases: India, China

Moncton High School , is a Canadian secondary school in Moncton , New Brunswick and a part of the Anglophone East School District. The school received the students from the former Moncton High School on January 30, 2015. List of schools in New Brunswick. Anglophone South School District.

"We're only providing the minimum amount of information that we need to conduct our investigation."

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But Grimmer says she was only trying to figure out if her daughter could have come in contact with the case.

People will be selected by Léger for follow-up testing, which will be done in January with a clinic at the school. It will then be determined if further testing is needed or if the investigation can wrap up.

The Anglophone East School District says if there are still concerns, parents can call the school, their family physician or public health.

"The school, and the district are following the direction and recommendations of Public Health while they complete their investigation," Stephanie Patterson, the district's director of communications, said in a statement.

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