Teacher infects ten pupils with tuberculosis
27 April 2005, BARCELONA-Ten children have caught tuberculosis at an infant school near Barcelona from a teacher who was suffering from the disease for over two weeks.
27 April 2005
BARCELONA-Ten children have caught tuberculosis at an infant school near Barcelona from a teacher who was suffering from the disease for over two weeks.
The children, aged between one and five, were attending the school in Sant Cugat, a commuter town outside Barcelona.
A female teacher had been diagnosed with the disease on 15 April.
Tests were carried out on 122 children and 19 teachers at the school, authorities said.
Doctors said 34 children were infected by the bacteria which develops into the disease itself.
Ten children are being treated for the disease at three hospitals in the area.
The other children were being given preventative medication to stop the disease developing.
Thirteen teachers have also been diagnosed with the disease.
According to a report in the Barcelona-based daily La Vanguardia, the kindergarten where the disease broke out is called La Mainada.
The teacher who has been struck down with the disease worked in a class of 13 children aged between two and three.
This form of tuberculosis can take up to six months to treat and must be combated with a course of anti-biotics
The symptoms are a cough, loss of weight, throat pain, fever and night sweats.
It is carried through the air and can be passed on by coughing.
In Spain, there are only 25 cases per 100,000 people annually– or up to 12,000 people infected each year.
If it is not treated, half those sufferers will die within five years.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news