Move­ment of TB man should be re­vealed

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph -

A coun­cil has taken le­gal steps to en­sure a man suf­fer­ing from TB gets treat­ment.

We do not know ex­actly why the coun­cil needed to take such a step.

The man needs treat­ment for a par­tic­u­lar drug re­sis­tant form of the dis­ease which is con­ta­gious.

No de­tails about the man’s move­ments have been re­leased and re­as­sur­ances have been given that TB is not easy to catch - some es­ti­mates are that an in­di­vid­ual would need to be in rea­son­ably close con­tact with a suf­ferer for up to an hour to in­crease chances of catch­ing the dis­ease.

But we be­lieve the au­thor­ity should pub­lish more de­tails of the man’s where­abouts and his move­ments.

Pa­tient con­fi­den­tial­ity is im­por­tant but the public has a right to know ex­actly what the lo­ca­tion and level of ex­po­sure might have been.

There prob­a­bly is very lit­tle risk to the wider pop­u­la­tion and the au­thor­ity has done ab­so­lutely the right thing in en­sur­ing - through the court - that this man gets the treat­ment he needs.

Ul­ti­mately public safety con­cerns out­weigh all oth­ers when deal­ing with a se­ri­ous dis­ease like TB - es­pe­cially a rare strain that is re­sis­tant to drugs.

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