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All Cambell Junior School pupils tested for TB

PUBLISHED: 11:55 08 December 2008 | UPDATED: 09:56 11 August 2010

Cambell Junior School

Cambell Junior School

THE WHOLE of a junior school is being tested for potentially deadly tuberculosis after doctors discovered more active cases among pupils. Around 360 children and staff will be tested at Cambell Junior School in Langley Crescent, Dagenham, today (Monday).

THE WHOLE of a junior school is being tested for potentially deadly tuberculosis after doctors discovered more active cases among pupils.

Around 360 children and staff will be tested at Cambell Junior School in Langley Crescent, Dagenham, today (Monday).

The decision follows the testing of all year five pupils which showed that a number had a latent form of the disease.

After further tests at Queen's Hospital a small proportion of these were found to have the active form of TB.

The children with active TB will be given a six month course of antibiotics, while those with latent TB will be given short courses.

Dr Tania Misra, a consultant from the North East and North Central Health Protection Unit, said: "These children are all being individually assessed by clinicians, and are not infectious.

"It is important to stress that those with a latent infection do not have TB, but are taking antibiotics to prevent them from developing it at a later stage in life, as a result of this exposure."

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