Weltnachrichten – AU – Geriatric nurses test positive for tuberculosis

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ONE person is isolated and more than 70 close contacts have been checked for symptoms after an employee at an elderly care facility in Rockhampton tested positive for infectious tuberculosis.

Dr. Gulam Khandaker, director of public health at CQ Health, confirmed that the employee believed to have contracted the disease overseas was diagnosed on Friday and health officials were notified.

Dr. Khandaker said the worker was isolated, treated and in good condition at home. He said the patient is in close contact with elderly care residents and 29 along with 42 other staff have been identified as close contacts.

« The TB control team and public health are working together, and we are following all close contacts in the facility, including residents and staff.

« The public health and infectious disease team examined and assessed all of these residents. Fortunately, none of these residents are currently showing any symptoms.

« We take every case of infectious tuberculosis seriously and conduct extensive contact tracing and case management.

« This is no different in an elderly care facility. This includes clinical exams and laboratory tests to find out if someone has been exposed to or developed tuberculosis and we take treatment from there.

« Over the weekend we checked all residents of the elderly care facility and I can confirm that none of the residents had symptoms of tuberculosis.

« All 42 employees identified as close contacts show no symptoms.

« Within a few days, a screening process for blood tests will be initiated that will show whether someone has contracted the disease and is currently harboring the disease in latent form. With these results, when we identify someone with the disease, we will begin treatment. «  »

The case in question comes after a North Rockhampton State High School student tested positive for tuberculosis after returning from overseas earlier this year.

Dr. Khandaker confirmed that an additional three people were diagnosed with non-infectious tuberculosis as a result of the NRSHS case, out of 135 people identified as close contacts by contact tracing.

Dr. Khandaker said the tuberculosis case at the elderly care facility was not linked to the NRSHS outbreak.

He said employees returned from overseas months ago, but the illness could linger in a person’s system for months or even years.

Given that two cases of infection have been identified in the Rockhampton community in such a short period of time, Dr. Khandaker General Practitioners across the Central Queensland region asked them to consider tuberculosis as a diagnosis for patients with relevant symptoms.

Symptoms of tuberculosis include:
– Prolonged cough for two or three weeks or longer
– cough up blood
– Any inexplicable weight loss
– Night sweats, fever and chills

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