TB Scare Unsettles Calif. Maternity Ward

Nearly 1K babies may have been exposed to worker with active case
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2008 3:40 PM CDT
TB Scare Unsettles Calif. Maternity Ward
A maternity ward hospital worker may have exposed 960 babies with active tuberculosis in San Francisco.   (Shutter stock)

(Newser) – Nearly 1,000 babies born since March at a San Francisco hospital could have been exposed to tuberculosis, the Chronicle reports, by a maternity-ward worker with an active case. Kaiser Permanente says infection risk is very low, but testing and any treatment needed will be provided to 960 infants and their mothers, plus 115 staff members. The part-time staffer is no longer at the hospital.
(Read more Kaiser Permanente stories.)

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