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Dumfries High School pupil contracts TB

A school pupil in Dumfries is being treated for tuberculosis.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway says the girl from Dumfries High School is being given antibiotics at home.

There are between 400 and 500 cases of TB in Scotland each year.

Typical symptoms of TB include:

  • a persistent cough of more than three weeks that brings up phlegm, which may be bloody
  • breathlessness, which is usually mild to begin with and gradually gets worse
  • lack of appetite and weight loss
  • a high temperature of 38C (100.4F) or above
  • night sweats
  • extreme tiredness or fatigue
  • unexplained pain for more than three weeks

More information on TB, including what to do if you think you have caught the infection, is available on the NHS website.