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    Why can a school not accept more than 1 child with cystic fibrosis?

    we have been told that if there is a child at school with cystic fibrosis another child with it can not go to the same school. Is this true and if so why?
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    CF is a genetic (non-infectious) disease.

    However:

    “People with CF can harbour harmful viruses and bacteria that will not affect a person who does not have CF but can potentially be transmitted to other people with CF.” …..  “If there is more than one child with CF attending a school or a community group, it is highly recommended that they are not in the same class.”

    These quotes (from http://www.cysticfibrosis.org.au/pdf/A4_Schools_booklet.pdf) might explain what you have heard.

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