Health chiefs: No panic over TB


HEALTH chiefs have moved to reassure parents after two cases of Tuberculosis (TB) were confirmed in two separate Wigan secondary schools.

Following two ‘unconnected’ cases at The Deanery Church of England School and Hawkley Hall High School, Dr Kate Ardern, Wigan’s director of public health, has stressed that rigorous tests have taken place and other pupils at either school are not thought to be at risk of contracting the disease.

Dr Ardern said the pupil who contracted TB at The Deanery has responded well to treatment and following screening of all others who potentially could be infected, tests have revealed that nobody is showing symptoms of having also contracted the virus.

The student at Hawkley Hall is also undergoing treatment and screening tests are under way. Health chiefs say anybody considered to be at risk of infection will be contacted directly to arrange appropriate testing for them.

Dr Ardern said: “People should be reassured that, as a general rule, TB does not spread easily from person to person. People are normally only at increased risk if they have spent many hours in close contact with someone with TB who is openly infectious and coughing up TB germs.

“Wigan Borough has a very low incidence of TB, the lowest in Greater Manchester.”