SASKATOON – Doctors will test 70 people, including 64 students, after a case of tuberculosis showed up at a Saskatoon elementary school.
Six teachers are among those who will also be tested after the case was confirmed at James L. Alexander School in the city’s public system.
Dr. Johnmark Opondo, the city’s deputy medical health officer, says parents were informed of the case last Wednesday but no information about the patient has been released.
The testing will be done between May 31 and June 2 at the school.
Opondo said the chances of the disease spreading are very low.
Tuberculosis is an airborne illness that can spread through coughing or sneezing, but Opondo notes that TB strains in Canada are not the type which are immune to antibiotics.