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Haaga-Helia Porvoo Campus student infected by tuberculosis

30.04.2018
Haaga-Helia Porvoo Campus student infected by tuberculosis

A student at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Porvoo Campus, has been diagnosed with infectious tuberculosis. Public health authorities have identified persons who may have been infected, and the number of these individuals is less than twenty. Measures were taken as soon as information about the infection reached authorities. Haaga-Helia premises in Porvoo are located at Taidetehtaankatu 1.

Public health authorities are working on contacting those who may have been infected to stop the disease from spreading. This group of potentially infected students and staff was identified in cooperation with Haaga-Helia authorities.

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that spreads from a person to person through the air, but can be cured by medication

The risk of transmission is possible when staying for a long time or several times in a limited space with a person carrying an infectious tuberculosis. Family members living together are at highest risk. Risk of transmission is very small in casual contacts. Only one third of exposed persons become infected. TB is not transmitted through dishes, drinks, food, clothes or surfaces.

Those possibly infected will be contacted and examined by student health care personnel, together with infection specialists from Porvoo as well as the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa.

Information on tuberculosis: http://tuberkuloosi.fi/en/tuberculosis/

For further information please contact:
Doctor responsible for infectious diseases in Porvoo: Hanna Telkki, tel. 040 489 1958, hanna.telkki@porvoo.fi
Student contact: Porvoo Campus community health nurse Katriina Pölhö, tel. 040 483 8803
Porvoo Campus staff: Occupational health care