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Mother tests positive for TB after recently giving birth in Glasgow

Health bosses now offering screening to 20 people who came into close contact with the woman.

Tuberculosis: Woman in Glasgow diagnosed with TB. <strong>Janice Carr, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention</strong>
Tuberculosis: Woman in Glasgow diagnosed with TB. Janice Carr, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A woman who recently gave birth is being treated in hospital after testing positive for tuberculosis.

Health bosses are now offering screening to 20 people who the new mother was in close contact with before she was diagnosed with the infection.

The patient, who recently gave birth to a healthy baby in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital maternity unit, is being treated in hospital.

Officials at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde confirmed the case and said she is “responding well to treatment and is expected to make a full recovery”. They believe she acquired the infection in the community.

TB is an infection caused by a germ which usually affects the lungs but can also develop in other parts of the body, such as the kidney or glands. It is not a common disease but if it is not discovered and treated, then it can be serious.

A statement from the health board said: “As a precaution, 20 close contacts have been contacted and offered precautionary screening.”

Dr Emilia Crighton, Director of Public Health, added: “As a precaution we have offered screening to the close contacts identified.

“While this action is in line with national guidance, I would stress that the risk to anyone who has come into contact with this patient is extremely low.”

There were 453 confirmed cases of TB in Scotland in 2011 and 150 in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area in 2015.


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