Antigua: Two children hospitalised with TB in two weeks

Antigua Observer:– Health officials are monitoring an 18-month toddler who recently arrived in Antigua after he tested positive for tuberculosis in the United States.

The baby boy is the second child to be hospitalised in the past two weeks, with the highly contagious, but, treatable bacterial disease.

“The day after the child arrived here, [a U.S. doctor] contacted us to say that a routine test they did came back positive the day after the child reached Antigua. We have since studied the grandmother, the other grandchild and the grandmother’s daughter,” Dr. James Knight, a senior medical officer said.

Tuberculosis or T.B. is spread through the air when people who have the active bacteria in their lungs cough, spit, speak, or sneeze.Read More…

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