HSE confirm CONTAGIOUS disease detected in Irish secondary school

15th Mar 18 | News

The Health Service Executive has confirmed that the contagious illness tuberculosis has been detected in an Irish secondary school.

Following the detection of the illness in St. Flannan’s College in Ennis Co.Clare, routine screening is now underway at the school as a precautionary measure.

Parents of the pupils at the school were notified about the situation and were asked to be vigilant especially if they suspect they may have come in contact with the disease.

A HSE spokesperson said: “The Department of Public Health does not comment on the management or investigation of individual cases of tuberculosis. All cases are managed and investigated as per national guidance. Although tuberculosis is contagious, it’s not easy to catch.”

Specialist in Public Health, Dr Rose Fitzgerald told Clare FM that there up to 20 cases of TB are identified annually in the Mid-West.