350 infants, over 670 adults potentially exposed to tuberculosis by California nurse

According to the San Jose-based hospital, apart from the 350 infants, 308 employees and 368 parents, primarily mothers, were potentially exposed to TB between August and November of this year. The Center’s officials say they have identified all of the patients, staff members, and visitors who were at SCVMC’s Mother & Infant Care Center during that period and are currently contacting them. They also state all of the 350 infants will receive daily preventive treatment, which includes isoniazid – an antibiotic that kills tuberculosis, and mothers and employees will be tested and treated, if necessary. The nurse, whose name is not being disclosed, was put on leave before her diagnosis was confirmed. It appears that she had undergone a tuberculosis test in September 2015 that yielded a negative result. However, the nurse’s physician discovered TB in an X-ray taken while looking into an unrelated medical condition.
Source : www.rt.com      2015/12/22 11:53

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