Bus passengers advised to get checked for TB

BC health officials are advising that passengers on a Greyhound Bus to Kelowna Oct. 11 may have been exposed to tuberculosis.

  • Nov. 4, 2011 10:00 a.m.

B.C. health officials are advising that passengers on a Greyhound Bus to Kelowna Oct. 11 may have been exposed to tuberculosis from an infected individual.

The bus stopped in Chilliwack at 7:45 p.m. before continuing on its way to Kelowna. The ill person is currently receiving treatment in Kelowna.

Passengers on this bus are advised to have a TB skin test to determine if they were infected.

Tuberculosis is spread through the air, but the disease is usually only transmitted if there is close, prolonged exposure to an infected person.

A spokesperson for the BC Centre for Disease Control said four hours or more of exposure is the usual definition of “prolonged” exposure.

Greyhound Bus #5098 left Vancouver at 5:45 p.m. and travelled to Coquitlam, Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope, Merritt and Westbank before arriving in Kelowna at 11:55 p.m.

Passengers on this bus may call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 to determine if they need to be tested, and for more information.