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Letter about Tuberculosis

November 20, 2019

 

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. 

 

Thank you.​