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SOUTH AFRICA: 14 Children Get TB from Teacher


The Post (South Africa) (11.05.2013)

South Africa’s Post reported that 14 nursery school children at the Curro Hermanus Private School in Hermanus, South Africa, tested positive for TB after exposure to their teacher, who was diagnosed recently with the disease. According to School Principal Hennie Mentz, the teacher was treated for a recurrent chest infection rather than TB, and health officials did not perform a screening. Once the teacher became seriously ill and checked into the provincial hospital on October 8, staff tested her for TB and notified the school immediately. However, the school did not inform parents until October 17, after which all 70 children in the nursery school received a skin test. The teacher will not return to her duties until school officials receive a negative sputum result and culture.


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