A North Perth daycare facility has warned parents to test their kids and watch for symptoms after a child was diagnosed with tuberculosis.
Parents were told this week their little ones had been exposed to TB, but authorities are confident the case is an isolated one and not cause for panic.
Symptoms from the infectious disease that most often damages the lungs include feeling tired, a loss of weight, a fever, night sweats and a loss of appetite.
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A letter sent home to parents said the risk of transmission was very low.
The disease used to be considered a death sentence but is now easily treated, with a 98 per cent cure rate, although 30 per cent of patients still require a short hospital stay.
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The North Metropolitan Health Service said that 118 cases of tuberculosis had been recorded in WA so far in 2023, with about 90 per cent of infections located in Perth.
Case numbers are up on 2022, when 96 cases were recorded.
Health officials have attributed the increase to the relaxation of COVID travel restrictions.
“When a case is identified in Western Australia, contact tracing is undertaken by the tuberculosis control program to enable prompt treatment, reducing the risk of further transmission or infection,” a spokesperson for the NMHS said.
A childcare centre is on alert following a confirmed case of tuberculosis. Credit: Getty Images
The warning comes amid an alarming surge in strep A — a type of bacteria that can cause sore throats, scarlet fever and skin sores.
Strep A affects about 750 million people globally and kills 500,000 a year.
The number of Australian children admitted to hospital with strep A rose from 23 in 2020 to 107 in 2022.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent strep A but researchers are working towards an effective and accessible one.
“We hope this research will accelerate the development of a vaccine and move things forward to bigger field trials,” Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Professor Andrew Steer said.
“A vaccine for strep A will save hundreds of thousands of lives every year and prevent millions of infections that send children and adults to the hospital or doctor.”
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