Bus passenger had TB

BC health officials are advising passengers on a Greyhound Bus to Kelowna Oct. 11 may have been exposed to tuberculosis.

BC health officials are advising passengers on a Greyhound Bus to Kelowna Oct. 11 may have been exposed to tuberculosis.

The bus stopped in Chilliwack at 7:45 p.m. before continuing on its way to Kelowna.

Passengers on this bus are advised to have a TB skin test to determine if they were infected.

Tuberculosis is spread through the air, but the disease is usually only transmitted if there is close, prolonged exposure to an infected person.

A spokesperson for the BC Centre for Disease Control said four hours or more of exposure is the usual definition of “prolonged” exposure.

Greyhound Bus #5098 left Vancouver at 5:45 p.m., arrived in Chilliwack at 7:45 p.m. and arrived in Kelowna at 11:55 p.m. The bus also stopped in Coquitlam, Abbotsford, Hope, Merritt and Westbank.

Passengers on this bus may call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 to determine if they need to be tested, and for more information.

The infected passenger is now being treated in Kelowna.

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