Two cases of tuberculosis detected in students in Eure-et-Loir

Two cases of tuberculosis detected in students in Eure-et-Loir

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As required by protocol for certain contagious diseases, the Dreux hospital center (Eure-et-Loir) alerted the ARS (regional health agency) on March 12 to a case of tuberculosis detected in a patient, a student at the city’s Branly high school. “The student coughed and spit out tuberculosis bacteria and was therefore able to contaminate those around him,” explains Dr. Deslandes, National Education doctor for the department of Eure-et-Loir. Following an investigation to determine contact cases, a series of actions was initiated to prevent any spread.

Thus, screening and examinations are underway this Tuesday, April 2 for 47 students and 32 staff members of the establishment. This approach, led by the anti-tuberculosis center, includes intradermal tests in the form of an injection to detect tuberculosis. A truck from the CAT (Anti-Tuberculosis Center) was also mobilized to give contact cases a chest X-ray in order to detect possible infections. Screening operations will continue until early June, with the aim of closely monitoring any developments. The establishment quickly contacted the parents of the students to inform them of the situation.

Information meeting

A few days later, a second student tested positive at the Joséphine Baker high school in Hanches (Eure-et-Loir), around thirty kilometers from Dreux. “The CAT investigation established no relationship between the two students declared positive for tuberculosis,” underlines the National Education doctor. In this high school, 77 students and 23 staff members will have to take compulsory exams on April 16 and 18. An information meeting will be held this Tuesday, April 2 in the evening at Joséphine Baker high school.

Concerning the state of health of the affected students, Dr. Deslandes indicates that after an initial hospitalization, antibiotic treatment continues at home. Regular monitoring is carried out to ensure that patients are no longer contagious.

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