One person has a history of pulmonary tuberculosis at the Peltola school in Tikkurila, Vantaa. The Vantaa Infectious Diseases and Hygiene Unit was informed during a skiing holiday.

- The Vantaa Infectious Diseases and Hygiene Unit has mapped the exposed persons in cooperation with the school, the city says in a news release.

Those exposed will be referred to studies for possible tuberculosis infection. The case concerns some of the 7th graders. There is no longer a risk of infection at school.

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The city emphasizes in its announcement that tuberculosis is not easily transmitted.

- Exposure requires a long stay indoors with the affected person when they need to be infected. Occasional stays do not pose a significant risk of infection, says the Vantaa Infectious Diseases and Hygiene Unit.

The city emphasizes in its announcement that tuberculosis is not easily transmitted.

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Tuberculosis always requires at least six months of medical treatment

Health Library Duodecim says tuberculosis is an infectious disease most commonly found in the lungs. Tuberculosis is transmitted through small droplets in the air. It is one of the most important public health and economic diseases worldwide.

Tuberculosis is a common infectious disease. The disease is caused by one of the mycobacteria, Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Three quarters of the cases of tuberculosis in Finland are pulmonary tuberculosis. Tuberculosis always requires at least six months of medical treatment.