Patient dies in South Yorkshire hospital after contracting tuberculosis

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PATIENTS at a South Yorkshire hospital have been offered a test for tuberculosis after another patient died after contracting the disease.

Staff at Rotherham Hospital say they have offered the tests as a ‘precautionary measure’, after a patient was confirmed to have ‘the active form’ of TB.

A spokesman said: “It is important to be aware that any possible infection risk is low.

“TB does not spread easily and tends to be passed on only after prolonged close contact with an infectious person who has TB of the lung.

“In most cases, TB is curable when treated with a course of special antibiotics.”

See tomorrow’s Star for full story.