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Children in contact with TB patients are at risk<p>The City of Cape Town would like to advise all parents and other caregivers that it is imperative that children under five who have been in close contact with a tuberculosis (TB) patient be taken for TB screening. The spread of TB to young children can in most cases be prevented if parents and caregivers take this simple step. Roughly 1 500 children are treated for TB each year in Cape Town and many of these cases could have been prevented.</p><span><p>Children are especially vulnerable to TB (as are HIV-positive adults of any age), so even in cases where the child is well and thriving but has had close contact with a TB patient, a course of prophylactic medication will be prescribed which will prevent the development of TB. Many parents ignore or underplay the contact with a TB patient until the child becomes seriously ill.</p><p>'TB is such a common condition in Cape Town that the likelihood of a child coming in contact with an adult with tuberculosis, not once but several times, is very high. This leads to caregivers becoming relaxed and not taking the right steps to prevent TB spreading to children with each new TB sufferer the child is exposed to.</p><p>'We encourage parents and other caregivers to please make use of our clinics to screen exposed children every time there is a new contact with an adult TB case. Failure to do so can lead to serious consequences for the future health of your child, including TB meningitis and permanent damage to the lungs,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Health, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli.</p><p>It is also very important that parents ensure that the full course of prophylactic treatment is completed, as otherwise the child will not be fully protected. <span style="text-decoration:line-through;"> </span></p><p>Residents who would like to find a clinic near them can visit: <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-city-facilities/Our-service-facilities/Clinics-and-healthcare-facilities">https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-city-facilities/Our-service-facilities/Clinics-and-healthcare-facilities</a> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p></span>2016-11-05T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#0f4c8d10-0390-4e6a-8b31-f8fc334ac91f;L0|#00f4c8d10-0390-4e6a-8b31-f8fc334ac91f|clinic;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#5fb0fd45-1240-41c9-aaeb-627cbd4a11ab;L0|#05fb0fd45-1240-41c9-aaeb-627cbd4a11ab|Health;GP0|#262a731a-f97b-4ca2-bc3d-98870b5cf80e;L0|#0262a731a-f97b-4ca2-bc3d-98870b5cf80e|Siyabulela Mamkeli;GPP|#a2be64ba-478a-4d7d-b8a0-c36cbb10c90d;GPP|#0f4c8d10-0390-4e6a-8b31-f8fc334ac91f;GP0|#414f984f-65a3-4277-b474-2e3e65325c6f;L0|#0414f984f-65a3-4277-b474-2e3e65325c6f|Screenings;GPP|#262a731a-f97b-4ca2-bc3d-98870b5cf80e1

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