A Caboolture State High School student has contracted tuberculosis.
A Caboolture State High School student has contracted tuberculosis. Rob Wright

Tuberculosis confirmed at Caboolture High

A CABOOLTURE State High School student is being treated for tuberculosis.

In a letter sent home to parents, dated June 4, school principal Jim Box said the Metro South Clinical Tuberculosis Service would be on campus offering free TB screening for anyone who was in the same class as the infected person.

"The purpose of screening is to identify anyone who may have been infected and to ensure they receive appropriate medical follow up," he wrote.

"Effective antibiotic treatment is available for anyone who does become infected."

Media has reported the student was quarantined, and classmates were now being tested.

Mr Box wrote the risk of contracting TB from an infectious case was low and usually required prolonged contact.

However, he called on anyone who attended the school and displayed TB symptoms to seek medical help.

"Anyone who attends the Caboolture State High School, who has any symptoms about which they are concerned, such as a cough for more than three weeks, coughing up blood or unintentional weight loss, should seek medical advice from their family GP and be assessed immediately rather than waiting for the MSCTBS screening," he wrote.

MSCTBS will also be conducting an information session about TB at the school.

According to the Queensland Health Department's tuberculosis fact sheet, "Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection that can affect almost any part of the body".

"TB is most common in the lungs, a form called pulmonary tuberculosis.

"TB is well-controlled in Queensland. However, TB still exists in all countries, so new cases do occur. TB can be a serious disease if it is not diagnosed and treated properly."

There have been 53 recorded cases of TB in Queensland so far this year.

A QLD Department of Education and Training spokesperson said the school was working closely with the MSCTBS following the diagnosis of a case of tuberculosis in their school community.

"When Caboolture State High School became aware of a case of Tuberculosis, a letter [from] Queensland Health was sent to all parents and caregivers," the spokesperson said.

"Those who have been deemed to have had prolonged exposure will be screened."


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