Transcript for California Newborns May Have Been Exposed to Tuberculosis
We turn now to a major health concern for new parents in California, fears that hundreds of newborns may have been exposed to tb by a nurse. ABC's aditi Roy has more. Reporter: Good morning, Cecilia. This morning, some very scary news to say the least for hundreds of new mothers and their babies in the bay area. Now that hospital is trying to track down all of the newborns who may be at risk of tb after being exposed to the infected nurse. This morning, a scare at a San Jose, California, hospital after a nurse tested positive for tuberculosis. Now officials tracking down more than 350 newborns who had contact with the nurse between mid-august to mid-november. Tb leaves the lung and causes other problems like meningitis. Reporter: Hospital officials say the nurse's annual tb test in September had negative results, she showed no symptoms and was diagnosed with tb in November after treatment for an un unrelated illness. Doctors recommend the 350 potentially exposed babies undergo antebiotics. ABC news spoke with one parent after hearing about the possible exposure rushed her baby born in September to be tested. She learned on Friday that both she and her baby are tb-free. And in all of this, a small silver lining, officials say that she did not show some of the worst symptoms of tb, cuffing and sneezing, often the most contagious. Dan. Aditi, thank you. A holiday story now that should be fun but may be dangerous.
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