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Tuberculosis (TB) revised Friday March 23 2018

What is TB?

TB is a disease caused by a bacteria which is spread from person to person through the air.

There are two conditions related to TB. Latent TB infection (LTBI) and Active TB disease.

TB in the School Setting

It is important to recognize that the risk of acquiring TB at school is very low. If a case of TB is identified in the school, communication between the school and the health department is vital. A coordinated approach optimizes an efficient process and minimizes disruption to the school. Confidentiality is very important and very strict measures need to be taken to ensure that privacy is protected.

Peel Public Health will work very closely with the school to determine what action is needed. If it is determined that a contact investigation is required, it is the responsibility of the principal and staff members to provide the Health Department with up-to-date class lists, use their resources to provide communication to staff, students and parents (e.g. letters) and to assist in coordinating clinic details if required.

Peel Public Health's Responsibility

Peel Public Health is responsible for identifying, investigating and managing the follow-up of persons with active TB and latent TB infection. This is done by providing free TB medication, education, and supervision so that people with TB can be completely cured.

Public Health Nurses conduct an investigation to identify individuals that may have been exposed to someone with infectious TB (not all TB is infectious). The Health Department will assess the risk to the staff and students in the school and determine if further action is required.  If a school screening is required, the Public Health Nurse will work with the Principal/Designate to discuss follow-up plans and offer staff TB education to alleviate any concerns.

For more information, call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.
Public Health Nurses are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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