Approximately ten children under the age of five are receiving medication after a staff member at an Oslo nursery was found to have contagious tuberculosis.
The children do not appear to have been infected with the disease but will receive daily medication for the next few weeks as a preventive measure.
Siri Helene Hauge from the Department of Public Health told VG TB has a relatively low contagion rate and that it is unlikely "many of the children will become infected even though one of the employees has been diagnosed with infectious tuberculosis of the lungs."
"This is a disease where your fears and myths probably make many fear it more than they should, strictly speaking,” she said.
The paper also reports all relevant parents will be informed later on today, and it is withholding the name of the day-care facility following a request by the actual district’s medical officer.
An Oslo University Hospital medical member of staff says it can take between eight and ten weeks from the children first being tested until they can be declared fit.
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