A case of pulmonary tuberculosis was found last week in a primary school in Vantaa, the Finnish National Agency for Education (OPH) informed in a news release on 26 February.
According to information published by the city of Vantaa, the case was detected at Peltola School (Peltolan Koulu, in Finnish) and concerns a 7th grader.
The Vantaa Unit of Infectious Diseases and Hygiene was informed of this case during the last winter holiday (ski holiday).
Vantaa authorities say the affected student and the exposed persons have been identified in cooperation with the school. Those exposed have been referred for analysis to determine if they are infected.
Authorities: "No longer risk of infection"
According to the city of Vantaa, "there is no longer a risk of infection at school" and school work continues normally.
"Tuberculosis is not easily transmitted, and exposure to it requires a long stay indoors with the patient." "Occasional stays do not pose a significant risk of infection," the city of Vantaa said.
According to OPH, the case is not currently affecting school work.