By Simmons, Garrett on April 29, 2014.
There has been a confirmed case of tuberculosis at Lethbridge College.
The college sent out an informative email Monday to its staff, which according to the college’s communications specialist, Gwen Wirth, was not sent to create any alarm. She added the case is not considered a risk to the general college community or public.
Alberta Health Services has stepped in to help manage the situation.
“We are contacting the small group of potential contacts of a confirmed case of tuberculosis, to inquire about their symptoms and arrange for standard testing,” said James Frey, senior communications advisor, South Zone, for AHS. “Testing of potential contacts is standard practice, completed as part of routine case follow-up. Only those people contacted directly by us require testing at this time.”
He added, the risk of infection related to this case is very low.
The email sent out by the college added the Public Health Agency of Canada states tuberculosis is not as contagious as other diseases, such as influenza or chicken pox. To get infected, you would usually have to spend many hours with someone with infectious tuberculosis.
Those with questions are asked to follow up with the college’s Health Centre at 403-320-3289.
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