Babies Exposed to Tuberculosis at El Paso Hospital
More than 740 people, mainly babies, in a Texas Hospital were exposed to a worker who had an active case of tuberculosis.
About the Tuberculosis Exposure
According to Reuters, the employee that has the sometimes-deadly tuberculosis interacted with patients for months before later being diagnosed with the disease. A total of 706 babies and 43 employees were possibly exposed to the infected employee between September 2013 and August 2014 at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso.
Health and hospital officials are working to contact the affected families and are planning to provide screening and follow-up care free of charge.
- Tuberculosis (TB) is a potentially fatal disease that is treatable.
- The illness is spread through the air (when a person with an active case coughs, sneezes, or speaks).
- TB is not easy to catch from another person, but examinations are required to ensure a person has not been affected.
- The disease usually affects the lungs. It can lay dormant in a person’s body for months or years.
- Babies or those with weakened immune systems are especially at risk for catching the disease.