A schoolgirl from Berkshire who contracted tuberculosis (TB) five months ago has died in hospital.
Up to 7,000 people develop TB in England and Wales each year
The 15-year-old of Tilehurst, Reading, was a Year 11 pupil at Little Heath School, Tilehurst.
She died at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, on Friday, it has been revealed.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) confirmed the teenager had been suffering from TB but would not confirm whether she died from the disease.
She contracted TB towards the end of the school's summer term.
All Year 11 pupils and several staff members were screened by the HPA using skin and blood tests at the end of October.
The HPA said the screenings yielded no positive results and there was no concern for parents whose children attended the school.
Up to 7,000 people develop TB, which affects the lungs, in England and Wales each year.
The HPA describes it as a serious but curable disease caused by bacteria.