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Schools on high alert after TB scare

PUBLISHED: 11:44 06 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:28 07 September 2010

SCREENING for tuberculosis is being carried out at a school in Camden Town after six pupils were diagnosed with the disease. South Camden Community School, in Charrington Street, has had three identical strains of the illness in the last year, prompting

SCREENING for tuberculosis is being carried out at a school in Camden Town after six pupils were diagnosed with the disease.

South Camden Community School, in Charrington Street, has had three identical strains of the illness in the last year, prompting fears the source may lie within the school.

All teachers and pupils who attended the school in the last year will now be asked to have a blood test.

Grainne Nixon, of the North East and Central London Health protection Unit, is leading the screening process. She said: "It is understandable that some parents will be concerned about this. However, I would like to reassure them that TB is not a disease that is easy to catch. But it is important that everyone is aware of the symptoms, which include a prolonged unexplained cough, fevers and weight loss."

Letters have been sent to parents and staff explaining the situation and offering further advice and information.

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