Tuberculosis infection scare

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HUNDREDS of South Yorkshire schoolchildren are being screened for highly infectious tuberculosis, after a pupil contracted the disease.

Public health bosses have confirmed a pupil in Doncaster is being treated for the infection and a screening programme is under way to stop the outbreak spreading.

About 300 pupils and several members of staff at Danum Academy who may have come into close contact with the child are being offered a test to identify whether they have been affected.

Headteacher Dr Kelvin Simmonds said: “The student affected is responding well to treatment and we wish them well for a speedy recovery.

“Parents, pupils and staff have been fully informed of the situation and all appropriate action has been, and will continue to be, taken to ensure the health of all pupils and staff.”

Information packs detailing the symptoms of TB have been handed out to pupils and parents. Health bosses say the infected pupil no longer presents an ongoing risk.

Dr Wendy Phillips, a director at South Yorkshire Health Protection Unit, said: “While TB is infectious, it does not usually spread easily.”

She said close and prolonged contact was needed.