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Contact tracing follows tuberculosis diagnosis

9 October 2020

Health workers are doing contact tracing of identified contacts of a North Rockhampton State High School student diagnosed with tuberculosis this week.

CQ Health Public Health Director Dr Gulam Khandaker said the purpose of screening was to identify anyone who may have been infected with TB to ensure they receive the required treatment to prevent further illness. Screening clinic information and details will be provided to the school.

To protect the privacy of the person involved, no personal details will be released. The student will not attend school until they are deemed non-infectious.

“TB is transmitted via the airborne route, but the risk of contracting TB from an infectious case is low and requires prolonged exposure,” Dr Khandaker said.

“Anyone with symptoms suggestive of TB; persistent cough, coughing up blood, unintentional weight loss or night sweats, should see their doctor promptly rather than waiting to be contacted for screening.”

In Queensland, the risk to the general public of developing TB is very low, with fewer than four cases diagnosed per 100,000 people each year.

As a result of the strict controls for the diagnosis and treatment of TB within its borders, Australia has one of the lowest rates of TB in the world.

TB is a legally notifiable condition in Queensland – and throughout Australia. This allows for quick and timely intervention by public health authorities.

TB can be cured by appropriately prescribed medications but can be a serious disease if not diagnosed and treated.

Further information on TB:
http://conditions.health.qld.gov.au/HealthCondition/condition/15/211/628/Tuberculosis-TB

If anyone has concerns, they can call 4920 7025 during office hours.

Last updated: 13 October 2020

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