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CALIFORNIA: Person Visited Neonatal Units Before TB Diagnosis


Associated Press (05.23.12) - Thursday, May 24, 2012

An individual diagnosed with active TB late last week had visited the neonatal units of Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento during the last half of March and NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield in early and mid-April, officials said Wednesday.

The Solano County resident only recently began showing symptoms, said Dr. Olivia Kasirye, chief public health officer for Sacramento County. The TB patient is receiving treatment in isolation. The individual was not a hospital employee or a health care worker.

Access to neonatal units is tightly controlled. "We knew who the person was and the person was certainly there for a reason," said Steve Huddleston, a NorthBay spokesperson. Kasirye said records are available for everyone who entered the units, so the hospitals have identified those persons who potentially may have been exposed.

Since the babies in the units are already in a vulnerable state, most will likely be placed on antibiotics to kill the bacteria and prevent the development of active disease, said Dr. Michael Stacey, chief medical officer for Solano County. Any adults who may have been exposed will be screened - both for their own safety and to assess how infectious the patient was at the time, he added. Initial tests do not indicate a drug-resistant form of TB.


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