Highlands & Islands

Invergordon South Lodge Primary pupil confirmed TB case

A P1 pupil at a Highlands schools has been confirmed as having tuberculosis (TB), NHS Highland has said.

Other children and staff at South Lodge Primary in Invergordon have been offered screening for the bacterial disease.

NHS Highland said the child did not catch TB at school and remained well.

The health board said it was unlikely there has been any spread of the bacterial disease in the school. Screening will be offered from 30 May.

NHS Highland consultant in public health medicine, Dr Ken Oates, said treatment for the infection was available.

He said: "We realise some parents will be anxious about this, but would seek to reassure everyone that the measures we are taking are precautionary.

"In the unlikely event that another child is found to have TB infection, then effective antibiotic treatment is available."

NHS Highland said symptoms included a prolonged cough, often accompanied by sweats and weight loss.

In the past four years, the health board has had between 10 and 17 confirmed cases of TB infection each year.

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