Northern Ireland

Third tuberculosis case at Belfast City Hospital

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Image caption Tuberculosis is a serious but curable infectious disease which normally affects the lungs

A third case of tuberculosis has been confirmed at Belfast City Hospital.

On Tuesday, it was confirmed a member of staff had contracted the same strain of TB which infected an elderly patient earlier this year.

The latest case refers to a patient who was in the hospital at the same time as the elderly patient. It is not known if they have the same strain of TB.

Screening has been offered to 43 people who were on ward six north at the hospital.

The trust has said patients should not be alarmed. Appointments for screenings are available from Wednesday.

The first case - a patient in his 70s on ward six north - was diagnosed in February.

He has since died but the health trust said he did not die from TB.

Screening

The member of staff from the same ward who was diagnosed with the same strain of the disease is now recovering.

Belfast Health Trust said some people have already been screened.

The trust said letters have been sent out to others, including details for booking an appointment.

The trust has set up an advice line for anyone who may be concerned which will be available from 0900 to 1700 BST until Friday.

The telephone number is 08009178226.

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease and symptoms include coughing, chest pains, weakness, weight loss, fever and night sweats.

It is treatable with a course of antibiotics.

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