26 people infected with tuberculosis after exposure incident
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Summerlin, NV (KTNV) -- Southern Nevada Health District officials confirmed Tuesday that 26 people have been infected with tuberculosis after being exposed to the disease at Summerlin Hospital's Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit this summer.
Health officials said only families whose newborns were treated in the Level 3 NICU between May 11, 2013 and Aug. 8, 2013 are at risk for exposure and need testing. However, that's not keeping one Valley mom from getting her newborn tested just in case.
"I'm going to get her TB tested now just to be positive," Savanah Kaime told Action News.
Savanah's baby girl Jaden never visited the Level 3 NICU after she was born at Summerlin Hospital on May 20, but her mom said Jaden was on the same floor as the child infected with tuberculosis who was being treated without quarantine just down the hall.
Now that health investigators confirm 26 people have come down with tuberculosis since the exposure was discovered, Savanah is worried, "What if people who were in the NICU unit came out? The postpartum, the nurses, you know a lot of people come in contact with each other and i don't know if my baby was exposed."
Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District, said people like Savanah have no cause to worry.
Of the 26 cases stemming from the Level 3 NICU investigation, only two people came down with active tuberculosis, the contagious form of the disease. One of those two people was a relative of the infected child, and the other was a hospital employee.
Iser told Action News, "We've reviewed all the charts that he or she [the employee] has been on to make sure to determine whether there has been any additional exposure."