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AHS Expands Screening At Fort McMurray Daycare Following Tuberculosis Exposure

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
AHS Expands Screening At Fort McMurray Daycare Following Tuberculosis Exposure

After four confirmed cases of latent tuberculosis, Alberta Health Services is upping their screening efforts at an unnamed Fort McMurray Daycare.

On Monday, Alberta Health Services said they would be expanding screening at the daycare for pulmonary TB exposure, which was first made public back on November 20, 2017.

Screening will now include 45 kids, all five years of age or older and 10 members of the daycare staff.

It’s AHS protocol for TB cases to screen the closest contacts, then expand to secondary contacts if exposure is found in the original contacts.

“Our TB Services and Communicable Disease Control Teams, together with our Medical Officer of Health and pediatric clinicians, are working collaboratively to complete the follow-up screening that is routine in response to any potential exposure to a case of active infectious TB,” AHS said in a release.

AHS says no secondary cases of infectious TB have been identified.

“Individuals infected with latent TB have inactive TB germs in their lungs, they do not have symptoms and are not contagious. They cannot spread TB infection to others,” the statement reads.

AHS adds there is no risk of exposure to the public and they are only expanding screening as a precaution to ensure all potential cases are assessed.

To protect patient and family confidentiality, AHS will not be releasing the name of the impacted daycare, its attendees, or its staff.

No secondary cases of infectious TB have been identified” and that “individuals with latent TB infection have inactive TB germs in their lungs

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