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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
GEORGIA: Northside Hospital Tests Find No Active TB

August 10, 2005
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (08.10.05) - Wednesday, August

Of 406 people screened for TB by Northside Hospital after it learned that an obstetrics nurse with active TB could have exposed others between March 1 and June 22, none has an active case of the disease. Skin tests performed by the hospital revealed 44 people were positive for exposure, but chest X- rays confirmed no active disease, said Dr. David Holland, a TB specialist with the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness. Infants who were potentially exposed are receiving a precautionary long-term regimen of antibiotics and will be retested at age six months. The nurse remains on sick leave, said Russ Davis, a hospital spokesperson.