SUBJECT: CASE OF TUBERCULOSIS AT
BERNICE MACNAUGHTON HIGH SCHOOL
Dear students, parents and guardians,
Public health has recently informed us of a case of
tuberculosis in a member of the school community. This letter will provide you with additional
information on this disease and the next steps in their investigation.
Tuberculosis is an infection of the lungs (type of pneumonia)
which can be spread from one person to another when an individual is sick and
coughing. Fortunately, tuberculosis is
usually not very contagious, unlike many other infections such as pertussis,
the common cold or influenza. It cannot
be spread by handshakes, hugs, touching tables or door knobs. Tuberculosis is an infection that is
treatable with antibiotics.
Public health is involved and conducts these types of
investigations. They are currently
collecting additional information that will help them make decisions on the
details of the investigation that will be required. Therefore, they will be providing more
details in the coming weeks.
We will be holding a parent information session at the school
on Monday, November 25th at 6:30 PM, in the school auditorium. This will be led by the Medical Officer of
Health, Dr. Yves Leger, who will provide you with further information and
answer any questions you may have.
Should you have any additional questions, you may contact us
at 856-3469. Should you have questions specific to this disease and/or the
investigation, these will be addressed at the parent information session.
Alternatively, you may also contact a member of Public health’s communicable
disease team at 856-2581 or by email at MT.CDZone1@gnb.ca.
We have posted a fact sheet provided by Public health about Tuberculosis
on our website and on the back of this letter that will provide you with
additional information on this disease.