Posted by: Ronel | 2004/11/17



I have just heard that my domestic worker's son has been diagnosed with TB. He is in his early 20s and I assume very contageos. He has only been staying with my domestic worker for the past week and I am affraid that she will be infected too.
What precautions can I take and is my baby in any danger? She has been sick the past month with broncholites and her immune system probably weak. My domestic worker only works 2 days a week and does play with her. My daughter is 13 months. Also please let me know where I can get info on the Labour Law and guidence re this matter. Thank you

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Your domestic worker does not pose any risk to your child if she herself is well. Only TB patients that are ill and not on treatment transmits the organism.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/11/17

If you vaccinated your daughter (BCG) then she should be fine, but I would still take her for testing and follow the advice given by the health care practitioner (doctor or paed) that you see.

You should also get tested, as current vaccinations are far superior to those we received as children.

You should encourage your domestic to get tested, as soon after she begins on treatment, she will not be contagious anymore, you should encourage her to speak to her son too.

With regard to the law, you can't dismiss someone for ill health reasons. I suggest that you contact a labour lawyer for further detail on this, as there are always exceptions, for e.g. if her sole job with you is caring for your child, then it would be expected that she immediately seek treatment for contagious diseases etc.

Don't worry, all will be fine. A lot of people will never know that their babies have been exposed to TB and they are fine.

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