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April 16, 2004
Public Health traces tuberculosis contacts
  
Toronto Public Health is currently investigating a case of tuberculosis (TB) in
an individual who spent time at the Salvation Army Maxwell Meighen Centre.

Public Health staff will hold TB screening clinics at this shelter for
residents, staff and volunteers who may have spent prolonged periods of time
with this individual while he was infectious.

Information is being sent to hospitals, shelters, drop-in centres and
homeless-care providers requesting assistance in identifying people who may
have been in close contact with this case. This information is also intended to
raise awareness of tuberculosis in Toronto and promote early diagnosis of the
illness.

"We are asking homeless-care providers to refer close contacts of this case for
testing so that we can reduce the risk of transmission of the illness. TB can
be prevented and with proper treatment, it is curable," says Dr. Tamara
Wallington, Associate Medical Officer of Health.

There is no evidence that this case of tuberculosis was contracted in the
shelter system. The individual is from an endemic country. There are about 350
to 400 cases of TB in Toronto every year. Approximately 10 to 15 of these cases
are in the homeless/under-housed population.

More information on TB is available at http://www.toronto.ca/health

Media Contact:
Mary Margaret Crapper, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7873



 

 

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