AHS Expands Screening At Fort McMurray Daycare Following Tuberculosis Exposure

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AHS Expands Screening At Fort McMurray Daycare Following Tuberculosis Exposure

After four confirmed cases of tuberculosis, Alberta Health Services is upping their screening efforts at an unnamed Fort McMurray Daycare.

On Monday, AHS said they would be expanding screening at the daycare for pulmonary TB exposure, which was first made public back on November 20, 2017.

Screening will now include 45 kids, all age five or older and 10 members of the daycare staff.

It’s AHS protocol for TB cases to screen the closest contacts, then expand to secondary contacts if exposure is found in the original contacts.

“Our TB Services and Communicable Disease Control Teams, together with our Medical Officer of Health and pediatric clinicians, are working collaboratively to complete the follow-up screening that is routine in response to any potential exposure to a case of active infectious TB,” AHS said in a release.

Those infected have inactive TB germs in their lungs but do not have symptoms, are not contagious or infectious to others.

AHS notes there is no risk of exposure to the public and they are only expanding screening as a precaution to ensure all potential cases are assessed.

To protect patient and family confidentiality, AHS will not be releasing the name of the impacted daycare, its attendees, or its staff.
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