Contact tracing is underway after a central Queensland high school student tested positive for tuberculosis.
The North Rockhampton State High School student is understood to have contracted the disease overseas months ago but became infectious recently.
He attended school while unwell with the bacterial infection, sparking a public health response in Rockhampton.
A testing centre will be opened in the city which will be available to those identified as close contacts.
People who have been identified as close contacts are not required to isolate.
Other community members showing symptoms including persistent cough, coughing up blood, unintentional weight loss or night sweats, should consult their doctor.
‘Risk is low’
The case is the fourth in the central Queensland region this year.
“Generally, we see around 200 plus cases in Queensland every year,” Dr Khandaker said.
“The risk of contracting TB in Queensland is extremely low so I would say that anyone in central Queensland shouldn’t be alarmed.
“There is no need for panic in the wider community, we are not envisaging any outbreak potential from this individual case.”
He said the nature of tuberculosis is to lie dormant for months or years.
“Your body is fighting that bacteria and not showing any symptoms,” Dr Khandaker said.
He said the student is responding to treatment and is recovering at home.
Dr Khandaker said there is no need for the school to close.