Quebec’s public health authority is on the hunt for people who traveled between Toronto and Montreal aboard a Megabus last summer, after a passenger on the bus was subsequently diagnosed with contagious tuberculosis.
The Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services announced the appeal in a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon.
They say most people who traveled on the bus have been contacted, but there are still a small number of people outstanding, as they did not provide an address when booking tickets.
The agency is suggesting that people who traveled on the following buses, present themselves to a doctor for tuberculosis screening:
Megabus #771 on Thursday Aug. 20, 2015
Montreal – Toronto 4.30 p.m. (arrival in Toronto at 10:15 p.m.)
Montreal – Kingston 4.30 p.m. (arrival in Kingston at 7:25 p.m.)
Kingston – Toronto 7.35 p.m. (arrival in Toronto at 10:15 p.m.)
Megabus #718 on Sunday Aug. 23, 2015
Toronto – Montreal 1.30 p.m. (arrival in Toronto at 7:15 p.m.)
Toronto – Kingston 1.30 p.m. (arrival in Kingston at 4:10 p.m.)
Kingston – Montreal 4.20 p.m. (arrival in Toronto at 7:15 p.m.)
People are advised that while a person infected with the bacteria can display symptoms soon after infection, others can remain asymptomatic for years.
Symptoms of the disease, that affects the lungs primarily, include a persistent cough, coughing up blood, chest pain, fatigue, fever, weight loss and chills.
Antibiotics are used to treat the disease.