TB scare hits four schools

13th February 1998 at 00:00
Almost 200 children in four schools in Northumberland have tested positive for exposure to the tuberculosis bacterium, in what may be the largest outbreak since the 1940s. The outbreak was discovered when 40 children at Ponteland county middle school tested positive during routine tests in preparation for their BCG inoculation. Initial suspicions that a teacher or dinner lady was responsible for passing on the infection have been discounted after all staff were screened and were found to be negative.

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