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Dangerous infectious disease: Around 900 students have to take the tuberculosis test


Highly contagious disease: Hundreds of students and teachers have to take the TBC test

In Dresden, around 900 students and teachers from two schools are currently being tested for possible tuberculosis. Blood is drawn from up to 120 people every day. Several TBC diseases had occurred in both schools since September.

Hundreds of people have to be examined for tuberculosis

A total of four tuberculosis cases have occurred at the HOGA high school and the HOGA secondary school in Dresden, reports the Dresden Health Office in a message. As a result, hundreds of students and teachers from both schools are now being tested for TBC. "In order to achieve the greatest possible certainty and security for the 900 pupils, we decided to extend the tuberculosis examination that is already underway to everyone at both schools. You will be asked to take blood samples on site, ”explained the head of the Dresden Health Department and medical officer Jens Heimann.

Contact to contagious people

As of December 8, 2017, a total of 164 results from the 400 blood samples taken so far from the pupils and teachers of the two schools are available, according to the Health Department. According to the information, the latest laboratory evaluations produced ten new positive test results.

"The number of people to whom tuberculosis bacteria have been transmitted thus increases to a total of 22 people," Heimann said in another press release.

“This does not mean that the people affected have tuberculosis. It only says that they were in contact with infectious people and the pathogen was transmitted, ”said the head of the health department.

"There are no new cases of illness, i.e. open tuberculosis."

But: "Every case is taken seriously and checked against its personal state of health and life situation," says Heimann.

And: "There is no danger to the population beyond the scope of the school concerned", says the HOGA website.

Therapy with a combination of different antibiotics

The parents of the pupils concerned are informed and advised by health officials.

The children and adolescents are then examined further at the Dresden University Hospital. The necessary steps are initiated there, including X-rays of the lungs.

Depending on whether tuberculosis is actually present, therapy is carried out with a combination of different antibiotics. Otherwise, the patients are treated preventively.

Transmission by droplet infection

Tuberculosis (TBC) is a bacterial infectious disease that particularly affects the lungs. In the past, the disease was also called “consumption”.

Triggers are so-called "mycobacteria", which affect the lungs in particular and are transmitted especially when coughing, sneezing and speaking.

At the beginning of the disease, non-specific symptoms such as cough, night sweats and a slightly elevated temperature appear.

Later, the symptoms increase and, among other things, high fever, persistent cough with expectoration and shortness of breath can occur.

Years can pass from infection to onset

According to health experts, the disease can be overlooked during examinations, since it can take years from infection to the outbreak of TBC.

As the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) writes on its website, tuberculosis can still develop "decades after infection", especially if the immune system is weakened. (ad)

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