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Dr Brendan Mason, consultant in communicable disease control for Public Health Wales, said: “Following established outbreak control procedures, we now have identified individuals who’ve had close contact with the deceased person. These close contacts have been contacted and screened for TB, three of whom have been found to have lively TB.

“Our investigations have shown that the three individuals with lively TB are all closely linked to the one that sadly died in October 2021. TB is difficult to transmit. It requires close and prolonged contact with an infectious individual for an individual to develop into infected.

“Work is continuous to discover the close contacts of the three cases of lively TB, all of whom can be invited for TB screening by Hywel Dda University Health Board. Nonetheless, we encourage everyone to pay attention to the symptoms of TB.

“If you might have symptoms, we advise that you simply speak to your GP, who can give you the suitable advice and refer you for TB screening if required.”

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