TB case confirmed at Scarborough secondary school
Paul Johnston , CP24.com
Published Friday, September 27, 2013 3:47PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, September 27, 2013 4:02PM EDT
One person at a secondary school in Scarborough has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, a representative with the Toronto Catholic District School Board has confirmed.
The case, at Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School, located at 3200 Kennedy Rd., was confirmed yesterday.
It is currently unclear if the case involves a student or staff member at the school.
The individual is currently doing well at home, a representative with Toronto Public Health says.
“TPH has reassured us that the general school population is at very low risk of exposure and that only those with close contact are at risk and should be tested for TB,” a letter from Andrea Magee, principal at Mary Ward, reads.
"We have worked with TPH staff and have identified the students/staff that have been in contact with the person who has tuberculosis," the letter adds. "These individuals will be contacted by TPH.
“The health and safety of our students is always our priority at Mary Ward,” the release continues. “As a precaution, we have increased our cleaning and infectious control frequency by arranging for additional cleaning and disinfection of common areas of the school such as desks, stair handles, telephones, etc."
Parents, staff or students with any questions can call 416-338-7492 to speak with TB nurses at Toronto Public Health.