51 may have been exposed to tuberculosis at Edmonton-area schools

Alberta Health Services press conference launching Alberta's Influenza Immunization Program at Woodcroft Public Health Centre in Edmonton

Edmontonians attend Woodcroft Public Health Centre for flu shots, as seen after an Alberta Health Services press conference launching Alberta’s Influenza Immunization Program in Edmonton, Alta., on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Clinics are now open across the province, offering influenza free of charge to Albertans over the age of six months. Ian Kucerak/Edmonton Sun/ QMI Agency

Fifty-one people in the Edmonton area may have been exposed to tuberculosis, but Alberta Health Services says there is no risk to the general public.

In a news release Wednesday, AHS confirmed it has notified 51 people who were “potentially exposed” to a confirmed case of tuberculosis at two Edmonton-area schools that were not named.

Notification letters have been sent to people who were potentially exposed containing information about screening and treatment options.

Tuberculosis is a potentially deadly infection that attacks the lungs and is vaccine-preventable.

AHS officials say there is a low risk of transmitting the disease, and that only those who have received letters are considered exposed. There is no risk to either school.

AHS released information about the exposures “as a matter of transparency.” However, the schools are not being named to protect patient confidentiality, according to a release.

The province’s TB Services and Communicable Disease Control teams and the Edmonton Zone Medical Officer of Health are providing follow-up screening.

Source: 51 may have been exposed to tuberculosis at Edmonton-area schools

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