Fifty of the 72 students affected in an outbreak of tuberculosis (TB) could return to school, local officials in Taojiang, Central China’s Hunan Province said on Sunday.
By Friday, provincial health authorities had confirmed that 29 students at Taojiang No.4 High School had been found to have TB and three of them had recovered. Five others also showed symptoms, and 38 had resorted to prophylactic medication, officials from the Taojiang government said at a press conference on Sunday.
The other 22 students affected still need regular checks and Taojiang’s discipline office is investigating whether local officials failed to detect and report on the TB outbreak in time, the government said.
The government added the school had about 3,000 students, with 25 of the infected students from the same class. All the affected students are in their final year in high school and are expected to sit the national college entrance exam in June 2018, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
The first sign of infection occurred in January, Zeng Shengda of Taojiang’s disease control and prevention center, was quoted as saying by Xinhua.
By August, the Taojiang government began screening all the students in the school.
A father whose daughter caught TB in August told the Global Times on Sunday that he only wants to hear from the school and hopes the daughter will recover before exam time.
He said that he had resigned from his job and spent three months looking after her.
Many parents accused the local center for disease control and prevention of failing to report the outbreak in time or to contact the school when 58 students in one class were diagnosed with TB in August and November, China Newsweek reported.
The school was also blamed for having failed in its work and for not doing enough to prevent the spread of the disease after it had broken out.
Neither the school nor the local government had any further comment when contacted by the Global Times on Sunday.
One student who didn’t give her name told the Global Times on Sunday that she was one of those diagnosed with it and was resting at home. Only 22 students have returned to class, and they are still taking medicines, she added.
— Global Times
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