Thursday, 18 June 2015

Tuberculosis in Schools

The National Institute for Clinical and Care Excellence (NICE) has up-to-date guidance on dealing with cases of Tuberculosis (TB) in schools.   The document ‘Contact tracing and screening after a person is diagnosed with active TB’ has information on the steps which should be taken if a pupil or member of staff is diagnosed, and it is available here.
TB is a notifiable disease, and as such, any registered medical practitioner making a diagnosis must inform the Local Authority’s ‘proper officer’. In most cases this will be the Consultant in Communicable Disease Control employed by the local Health Protection Team (HPT). The local HPT can also provide guidance if there is a concern that a pupil or member of staff may have TB. You can find the details of your HPT online.

In light of some recent cases of TB in schools, please advise your head-teacher that guidance is available, should a diagnosis in your school occur.

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