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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.

School pupil TB case confirmed in Dumfries and Galloway

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It has been confirmed that one school pupil in Dumfries and Galloway has caught tuberculosis (TB).

A spokesperson from NHS Dumfries and Galloway said:

"NHS Dumfries and Galloway can confirm that a single isolated case of tuberculosis (TB) has been identified in a school child.

"We are dealing with this case in a routine way and in accordance with national guidelines.

"Although TB can sometimes be serious for those affected, it is usually easily treated with certain antibiotics, and most people make a full recovery.

"In Dumfries and Galloway, TB is rare and it usually takes close, lengthy contact with an infectious person to catch the disease so the risk of the disease spreading between people is very low."

"In line with national guidance NHS Dumfries and Galloway is working very closely with the Education Department and the school concerned to identify those individuals most at risk and offer screening for TB.