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Parents sent letter after child at academy diagnosed with TB

PUBLISHED: 11:17 01 February 2019 | UPDATED: 16:59 01 February 2019

Cliff Park Ormiston Academy in Gorleston has confirmed a pupil has been diagnosed with TB. Picture: Google Maps

Cliff Park Ormiston Academy in Gorleston has confirmed a pupil has been diagnosed with TB. Picture: Google Maps

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Parents who have children at a Norfolk academy have been sent a letter informing them a pupil has been diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB).

The letter sent to parents at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy. Picture: SubmittedThe letter sent to parents at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy. Picture: Submitted

The letter from Public Health England confirmed a child at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy has contracted the disease and children who had been in contact with the affected pupil would need to be screened.

TB is an infectious disease which can cause fever and coughing but can be treated with a course of antibiotics.

The letter states the child who has TB is currently receiving treatment and is no longer infectious.

Screenings will take place at the high school on Monday, February 4.

Parents have been reassured the possibility of their child catching the infection is small.

A spokesperson for Cliff Park Ormiston Academy said: “One of our students was diagnosed with a fully treatable infection, and has returned to full health following a course of antibiotics. It is extremely difficult to catch this infection and it is curable and easy to treat.

“We are however working closely with Public Health England to take precautionary action and ensure the health and well-being of everyone at the school, which is of course our top priority.

“There is no suggestion currently of any further cases and comprehensive advice on the signs and symptoms of the infection has been provided. We will keep everyone updated as standard public health procedure is followed.”

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