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BREAKING | Aged Care Worker Diagnosed With TB

An Aged Care worker has reportedly been diagnosed with tuberculosis.

They are being treated at Townsville Hospital.

The Townsville Hospital confirmed a local resident has tested positive for TB.

They released a statement saying "the patient is in hospital receiving treatment and is in a stable condition".

"Townsville Public Health Unit director Dr Steven Donohue said the hospital’s respiratory team was contacting people who have had extended contact with the person.

“Following this, we will begin a testing program in line with stringent public health guidelines,” he said.

Dr Donohue said the risk to the broader community was low.

“There is no cause for alarm,” he said.

“At this stage, there are no other suspected cases.

“In Queensland, the risk to the general public of developing tuberculosis is very low, with around 3.5 cases of TB diagnosed per 100,000 people each year.

“Tuberculosis is very treatable and is uncommon in most communities in Australia these days.”

Tuberculosis is spread through air droplets when coughing which are then inhaled by other persons.

The majority of people exposed to tuberculosis do not develop the disease.

The symptoms of tuberculosis include persistent cough for more than two weeks, unexplained weight loss, night sweats and fever.

No further details will be released about the patient for privacy reasons.

Further information is available at http://conditions.health.qld.gov.au/HealthCondition/condition/15/211/628/Tuberculosis-TB

By Michelle Price