New case of tuberculosis diagnosed in Alberni

The first case of active tuberculosis in a year has been diagnosed in Port Alberni.

The first case of active tuberculosis in a year has been diagnosed in Port Alberni.

Identified as an adult, the individual was diagnosed positive for TB requiring treatment sometime in the last two weeks, Vancouver Island Health Authority public health nurse Debbie McBride said.

The last case was diagnosed in 2010, and two cases were diagnosed in 2009. Such numbers are normal occurrences, a VIHA news release noted.

The person is not in hospital but is undergoing a three-pronged antibiotic treatment that will last six months.

McBride would not say if the person is a resident of Port Alberni, nor would she say if the person was known to local TB officials.

“I’m directed by my superiors not to give any identifiers,” McBride said.

Nurses from VIHA are conducting contact tracing in an effort to test for and stem any possible spread of the disease.

Medical officials from the Nuuchahnulth Tribal Council, who VIHA worked closely with during the 2006 outbreak, have been notified.

The BC Centre for Disease Control is testing samples from the most recent case to determine if it is genetically related to the 2006 strain of TB that swept through the Valley.

But results won’t be known for several months, McBride said.

The most recent case is the 54th positive test for TB in the Alberni Valley since the outbreak began.

But the case does not signal a new spate of the disease.

“This is not considered to be an outbreak situation like in 2006,” McBride said.

Since May 2006, more than 3,000 individuals in the Port Alberni area have been screened for TB.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

Husky Gas Station robbed on Third Avenue

Port Alberni RCMP still searching for suspect

New Coast Guard radar boosts marine traffic monitoring off B.C. coast

Six radar installations set up for Georgia Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait to Prince Rupert

Port Alberni care homes benefit from funding to purchase new safety equipment

Echo Village and Fir Park Village will be receiving $32,500 each

Uchucklesaht Tribe purchases former Redford School

Property will be a “multi-use building” similar to The Thunderbird

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Liberals to act quickly if Saturday midnight deal deadline breached: source

Oh Friday, Canadian Union of Postal Workers said it would not bring the latest offers to a vote of its members

Police probe several allegations of sex assault at Toronto school

Police say they have learned of other incidents of alleged assault and sexual assault

B.C. referendum ballot count jumps to 18% returned, Elections B.C. says

New count adds ballots received, but not screened for authenticity

Dead killer whale discovered on Nootka Island

“This is very concerning to our people.”

Most Read