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School TB outbreak

22nd May 2007

Over 250 pupils and staff at a Bedfordshire school were tested for TB after seven children tested positive for the disease.

Blood tests and x-rays were carried out on anyone who spent more than eight hours in the past six months at Southfield Junior School in Luton. The seven children were from one class and were found to be in the early stages of TB after one child tested positive.

The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Health Protection Unit, which carried out the tests, said the disease was easily curable with a course of antibiotics and the tests were just a precaution. Luton has three times as many incidents of TB than the national average.

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Article Information

Title: School TB outbreak
Author: Chris May
Article Id: 2925
Date Added: 22nd May 2007

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