Toddlers exposed to classmate with T.B. are found disease free

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None of the 40-plus preschoolers being screened for tuberculosis have tested positive, so far, for the highly contagious but treatable disease.
A Senior medical officer of health, Dr. James Knight, says that by 10 o’clock this morning, over a dozen children had returned to the St. John’s Health Centre for results to tests, that began on Monday.
The children were exposed to the condition by a fellow four-year-old student.
That toddler was the second confirmed case of Tuberculosis in Antigua and Barbuda in two weeks, the first being a six-year-old who came in from the United States and was notified by a doctor in the US, a day after arriving here, that he had tested positive for T.B.
Antigua and Barbuda eradicated the disease as an epidemic, 40 years ago and the BCG vaccine is no longer administered.
Dr. Knight says there is no need to reintroduce the vaccine.
More details in tomorrow’s Daily OBSERVER.

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