TB Scare at Brighton College Abu Dhabi

Parents at Brighton College Abu Dhabi received a letter from the school on Wednesday advising of a possible tuberculosis incident at the school. The UAE is attempting to eradicate the disease from the country.
TB Scare at Brighton College Abu Dhabi
By James Mullan
Do your children attend a UAE school? Take our survey and help other parents.
WhichSchoolAdvisor's annual school survey.

Brighton College in Abu Dhabi alerted parents on Wednesday to the possible presence of tuberculosis within its school community in a letter sent yesterday. 

Headmaster Simon Corns urged parents to take their children to the city’s Disease Prevention and Screening Centre at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City.  According to a report in The National, the headmaster's letter informed parents that ‘a member of the school community…with a suspected case’ of the highly infectious lung disease was currently receiving medical treatment. He said ‘there was no risk to the community at present’. 

In a further statement to the newspaper Bloom Education, the school’s operator, said that ‘a standard tuberculosis test was conducted on a member of staff from the school. The initial result was inconclusive but has since been proved negative’. 

According to The National report, it is believed that the letter was sent to the parents of a limited group of pupils who will need to be screened for precautionary reasons. 

He said Department of Health Abu Dhabi was liaising with the clinic and that there was "no risk to the community at present".

Tuberculosis is a potentially serious infectious disease that affects the lungs and is spread from one person to another, mainly through coughs and sneezes. While many people carry the infection harmlessly, the active disease can be fatal if untreated.

TB is the world's biggest infectious killer and is the ninth-leading cause of death across the globe, according to the World Health Organisation. 

While rates of the disease are low in the UAE — roughly one in 100,000 people — authorities are trying to rid the country of TB entirely. 

The Ministry of Health and Prevention launched a three month campaign last September to raise awareness about how TB is transmitted, prevented and how to effectively treat it. 

Latest UAE articles

Meet the Principal, Craig Lamshed, RGS Dubai

The Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai will open its doors in September 2021. Founding …

School Fees

RGS Guildford Dubai Doubles Founders Offer

Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai (RGS Guildford Dubai) is to cut its KHDA approved …


KHDA Shocks With Planned Home Inspections

Parents across Dubai are waking up to the news that they will soon be subject to KHDA ins…

Courses & Curricula

UAE Forces Cambridge Exam Climbdown

The combined force of the UAE's education regulators - the Ministry of Education, ADEK an…

New Schools

GEMS Founders Expands to 6,000 Capacity

GEMS Founders School (GFS) in Al Barsha is set to expand. The affordable English Nation…

Choosing A School

How to Choose a School, The School Show

Whether you are new to the UAE, a seasoned expat, whether you have teens or toddler…


Moving to the UAE? How to Find a Home

Luke Joyce is the Founder of PropSearch.ae , a comprehensive and user-friendly website d…


Moving to the UAE, A ‘How To’ Guide

Moving to the UAE is a fantastic opportunity to expand both horizons and careers for many…

0 Schools Selected
keyboard_arrow_down keyboard_arrow_up
Your selection Clear All