Public Health Wales is investigating after four cases of Tuberculosis (TB) were identified in men residing at HMP Parc in Bridgend over the last 9 months.
Working closely with Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, HMP Parc and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, screening will take place in January for those in closest contact with those diagnosed.
Investigations will continue and additional advice or screening will be provided if it is needed.
The men diagnosed with TB have responded well to treatment. No outbreak has been declared at this time, but the situation is being kept under active review.
Siôn Lingard, Consultant in Health Protection at Public Health Wales, said:
“TB is difficult to catch, and requires close and prolonged contact with an infectious individual, for a person to become infected.
“Nevertheless, due to some prison staff being in close contact with prisoners with TB, we will be screening staff at the prison early in the New Year. We regret any concern that this causes, but it is obviously important that any cases of TB are identified and treated.
“The infection can be treated with antibiotics and complete cure is possible in most instances.”
TB is an infection usually affecting the lungs, but any part of the body can be affected. Anyone can catch TB by breathing in the bacteria in tiny droplets sneezed or coughed out by someone who has TB in their lungs. But this requires prolonged and close contact.
The most common symptom of TB in adults is a persistent cough. Other symptoms can include weight loss, a high temperature, and sweating, particularly at night.
Anyone who is concerned about their health should speak to their GP or contact NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47