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AHS notifying individuals of potential tuberculosis exposure

May 10, 2017

EDMONTON - Alberta Health Services (AHS) has today issued notification letters to 51 individuals potentially exposed to a confirmed case of tuberculosis (TB), in the Edmonton Zone. Notification letters include information on arrangements for standard TB assessment and screening and treatment, if required.

The exposures were contained to two Edmonton-area schools, and are thus not a risk to general public.

Only those who receive notification letters from AHS are considered exposed to this case.  Risk of transmission to these individuals is low, and the case does not present any ongoing risk at either school.

Though this case is not a risk to general public, we are informing the public of this case and our follow-up actions, as a matter of transparency.

Our TB Services and Communicable Disease Control Teams, together with our Edmonton Zone Medical Officer of Health, are working to manage the follow-up screening that is routine in response to any potential exposure to a case of active infectious TB. 

We thank these teams and their support staff for their response. These efforts are in keeping with our commitment to high quality care, and our values of excellence and safety. So as to protect patient confidentiality, no further case-specific details will be released by AHS, including the names of the schools at which the exposure took place.  

For general information on TB view the following FAQs. Anyone with questions can call Health Link 24/7 at 811.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Kirsten Goruk 
AHS Communications
780.613.8823
kirsten.goruk@ahs.ca