8 Infants Exposed To TB At Sacramento Hospital

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — Health officials said it’s unlikely that eight infants exposed to tuberculosis at a Sacramento hospital will contract the disease.

Sacramento County Public Health Officer Olivia Kasirye said the babies from a neonatal intensive care unit are doing well and are not exhibiting any symptoms of tuberculosis. They will receive antibiotic treatment as a precaution and doctors will conduct follow-up tests in six months to see if the children are infected.

Kasirye said the babies were exposed when someone visited the neonatal facility of Methodist Hospital of Sacramento from Aug. 23 to Sept. 3.

The visitor later felt ill and went to the hospital emergency room, where a TB test was positive. The person is isolated and receiving treatment.

Kasirye said the person showed no signs of tuberculosis while visiting the hospital.

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