News Nurse’s infection causes TB warning at San Jose hospital

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    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/nurse’s-infection-causes-tb-warning-at-san-jose-hospital/ar-BBnsyDH

    A nurse at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center contracted active tuberculosis, potentially putting 350 infants in the San Jose hospital’s newborn nursery at risk, officials announced Friday.

    .... Apart from the babies, an additional 368 mothers and 338 employees were also exposed to the infected worker, said Dr. Stephen Harris, chair of pediatrics. Staff are providing chest X-rays to babies along with a daily antibiotic liquid, which can kill the disease and prevent infants from becoming sick.

    Harris said the staff “had to very carefully evaluate risks and benefits,” when coming up with a treatment for the infants. They decided on isoniazid, a liquid antibiotic that is being specially formulated by the department of public health in order to reduce side effects.

    Infants will have to take the medicine daily for six to nine months, Harris said.

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    Ugh. Awful.:crying:
     
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    Well it's a good thing the babies were at the hospital when they got sick. Should receive prompt and professional care.
     
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    “There’s a number of reasons for that. It has to do with the make up of our population. There are many parts of the world where TB is endemic, particularly some Asian countries and some Latin American countries. We have a very diverse population in Santa Clara county.”

    Diversity strikes again