Friday 23 February 2018

Tuberculosis case identified in Galway, HSE confirms

University Hospital Galway
University Hospital Galway

Kathy Armstrong

There has been a case of tuberculosis identified at University Hospital Galway, the HSE has confirmed.

TB screening will be offered to patients and staff who have come into close contact with the person affected.

A HSE spokeswoman said in a statement: "All people who had close prolonged contact have been identified and we are in the process of contacting them. 

"The risk of transmission of disease is considered to be low.  The patient is being managed appropriately."

TB is an infectious disease caused by bacteria that is spread by sneezing and coughing.

Most of the time the body's immune system kills the bacteria before the symptoms start and the person doesn't become ill.

Anyone who has come into contact with some infected with TB is invited for specialised tests, that may need to be followed up with X rays or blood tests.

There used to be up to 7000 cases of TB here every year in the 1950s but last year this number had fell to 319 nationwide, 17 of these were in Galway.

For more information about TB please visit here.

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