As Government inertia spreads, children now at risk? Barbados’ Ministry of Health confirms a case of Tuberculosis (TB) was found in a teenager
Following a visit by Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Elizabeth Ferdinand and a medical team, the Ministry of Health has confirmed that a case of Tuberculosis (TB) has been diagnosed in a secondary school student.
A rapid assessment of 170 students was conducted, as a precautionary measure. On Monday 26th May, parents were notified by letter of the possibility that some students may have been exposed to a respiratory illness and requested them to send their children’s immunisation cards to the school for a review.
Parents of students who have not been vaccinated with BCG will be receiving a letter asking them to bring their children to the Maurice Byer Polyclinic for further management.
Tuberculosis is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is spread through the air from one person to another, when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks or sings. Symptoms include a persistent cough, fever, chills or night sweats. TB can be treated by taking several drugs, usually for a six to nine month period. (MINISTRY OF HEALTH/BGIS)