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Posted by: Alicia | 28/03/2019

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TB in the work environment

As a lodge owner, I have a staff member (Chef) diagnosed with TB in November last year. She was booked off work and has received treatment. I need to know if it is safe for her to come back to work in the kitchen and continue working with food preparation amongst other staff members.

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Posted 04/04/2019

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If it's standard TB that is a standard course of TB treatment for 6 months, then it's safe to come to work after 2 weeks of treatment. If it's a drug-resistant form of TB, i.e. MDR-TB, the treatment lasts 18 months and usually at least 2 or 3 months of treatment is required before it's safe to come back to work. If she is looking and feeling much better, then either way it would be safe for her to return to work.
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