TB treatment man Gary Clayden at Blackpool hospital

A man who failed to attend medical treatment sessions for tuberculosis (TB) has turned himself in at a Lancashire hospital.

Wyre Council was contacted by the Health Protection Agency after concerns that Gary Clayden, of no fixed abode, had not been having regular treatment.

Mr Clayden has had TB for 12 months, but had not been turning up.

A judge granted an application forcing Mr Clayden to have treatment as he may have caused a public health risk.

He has since voluntarily gone to Blackpool Victoria Hospital where he is being treated, a Wyre Council spokeswoman said.

Bacterial infection

In a statement released by the council it said: "Under Section 45G of the Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984 the council was granted a court order that required him to be removed to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, detained there and kept in isolation or quarantine for 28 days.

Possible TB symptoms

  • Fever and night sweats
  • Persistent cough
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Blood in the sputum (phlegm or spit)

"Without the treatment the possibility of him becoming resistant to treatment increases, which in turn could pose a significant risk to public health."

The Health Protection Agency said the order was not used because the patient had gone into hospital voluntarily.

Anybody who has been in prolonged contact with someone with TB should contact specialised community nurses who can arrange for routine screening if required.

TB is a serious, slow-developing bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

It most commonly affects the lungs, but can affect almost any part of the body.

It can be spread when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes or talks and another person breathes in the bacteria.

However, prolonged contact is usually needed for infection to occur.

TB treatments are effective in the majority of cases and most TB patients make a complete recovery but it is important for the entire course, which takes six months, to be completed.

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