Exposure to tuberculosis confirmed at the Porvoo Campus of Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
A student at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Porvoo has been diagnosed with infectious pulmonary tuberculosis. Haaga-Helia’s Porvoo Campus operates at the address Taidetehtaankatu 1. The health authorities have identified the people who may have been exposed to the infection, and report that they number less than 20. Appropriate measures were initiated as soon as information about the infection was received.
The identification of people exposed to tuberculosis is a standard procedure for facilitating the effective prevention of the spread of the infection. The group exposed at Haaga-Helia, potentially exposed students as well as exposed university staff were identified on 24 April 2018 in cooperation with the university’s administration.
Tuberculosis is an infectious airborne disease that can be effectively treated with medication
Infection may occur as a result of prolonged or repeated contact with a person infected with pulmonary tuberculosis in the same confined space. Those at the greatest risk of infection are people living in the same household with an infected person. Short-term contact indoors or prolonged contact outdoors pose practically no risk of infection. Only a small proportion of those infected fall ill with tuberculosis later in their lives.
The people exposed will be contacted and examined by student health care in accordance with instructions provided by the Porvoo Infectious Diseases Unit and HUS’s Epidemiological Unit.
Hanna Telkki, physician in charge of infectious diseases, City of Porvoo, tel. +358 (0)40 489 1958, firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information for students of the Porvoo Campus: Katariina Pölhö, public health nurse, City of Porvoo, tel. +358 (0)40 483 8803
Further information for campus staff is provided by occupational health care