Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Patients Alerted over TB Scare at Hospital

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Patients Alerted over TB Scare at Hospital

Article excerpt

Hospital patients have been alerted by health chiefs over fears they may have been in contact with a tuberculosis sufferer.

A total of 89 patients have been sent letters after they attended Bishop Auckland General Hospital in County Durham.

Experts say that the chances of the infection being passed on is low ( but have issued letters as a precaution.

Those contacted had been staying on the same ward as the infectious patient before the l ung disease was diagnosed. Health officials say the infected patient had been admitted to hospital for an unrelated medical condition.

All patients are being advised to contact their GP if they develop a persistent cough, weight loss, or any other symptoms that concern them.

The majority have been assessed as having a low risk of catching TB. A smaller number thought to be more vulnerable to TB infection are also to be offered a series of chest X-rays as a precaution to check for signs of the illness. …

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