2 Forth Valley College Students Get Diagnosed With TB

2 Forth Valley College Students Get Diagnosed With TB

Two students from the Forth Valley College have been diagnosed with the disease TB. Both the students are in same course, said NHS Forth Valley.

The local authorities were of the view that both the cases are interlinked as both the students study in same course and they have been receiving proper treatment.

Though the disease is highly fatal in nature, doctor treating both the students were of the view that both of them are doing fine and disease is not infectious.

Both the families got their children tested for tuberculosis and when the test report came out to be positive then college authorities have called for wider screening program. All those, who have attended classes with these two children, would get screened as a precautionary method.

College has also thought of a novel idea in which they would be contact the local health board and would ask them to organize seminar. In this seminar health experts would pass on information related to tuberculosis and would also tell ways to identify symptoms of it as well as precautionary methods.

College Principal Linda McKay was of the same view and announced that college would work as normal and students and faculty members would be screened from time to time and would be given BCG jab.

Dr. Jennifer Champion, who is consultant at the NHS Forth Valley, said "There are around 400 cases of TB in Scotland every year and the vast majority are successfully treated with antibiotics".

She further affirmed TB is not highly contagious disease. Therefore, it could be treated and even people could live in proximity with TB patients without any apprehensions of acquiring TB from them.

Among both of the students, one who is 18 years old is from local area, Forth Valley and second one is 20 years old and is from Lothian.

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