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Highly contagious disease: school remains closed due to TBC


Dangerous infectious disease: Dresden school closed due to TBC examination

Because of a "precautionary TBC examination" there are no classes in a Dresden school. According to a media report, the contagious disease was diagnosed in one person at the beginning of the school year. The bacterial infectious disease primarily affects the lungs.

School remains closed due to TBC investigation

There is apparently a case of tuberculosis at a school in Dresden: "Due to a precautionary TBC examination, there are no classes on December 4th and 5th, 2017 at the secondary school and the general high school of the HOGA on Zamenhofstrasse 61/63", says in a message.

Diagnosis at the beginning of the school year

According to a report by the "Tag24" portal, one person is currently being treated for the disease in hospital, others may have been infected.

According to the report, the disease was diagnosed in one person at the beginning of the school year.

Now, as part of a routine examination, it turned out that pupils and / or teachers may have been infected.

Transmission by droplet infection

Tuberculosis (TBC) is a bacterial infectious disease that particularly affects the lungs. It used to be referred to as “consumption”.

Triggers are so-called "mycobacteria", which mainly affect the lungs 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.

The symptoms increase later and can include high fever, persistent cough with expectoration and shortness of breath. The disease is usually easy to treat with antibiotics.

Years can pass from infection to onset

According to health experts, the disease can be overlooked in examinations because it can take years from infection to the onset 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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