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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
AUSTRALIA: Free Testing Offered for 39 Newborns After Nurse Tests Positive to Tuberculosis
By Janelle Miles
August 22, 2013 (Australia) (08.22.2013)

After a nurse working in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Queensland, Australia, tested positive for TB, the hospital offered parents of 39 newborns who might have come into contact with the nurse between June 17 and July 29 TB screening for their infants. Doctors said that the risk to the newborns was negligible, but the screening would help to reassure the parents. The families must wait until the infants reached the point three months past their due dates before testing would be reliable enough to be performed.