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Suit in Las Vegas hospital TB exposure moves forward

Suit in Las Vegas hospital TB exposure moves forward

CREATED Feb 27, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Employees, patients and visitors who say a Las Vegas hospital's negligence exposed them to tuberculosis over the summer are moving forward with their lawsuit.

A judge denied Summerlin Hospital's request to dismiss the suit this week. Four law firms representing the plaintiffs say they'll now begin aggressively trying to identify people who may have been exposed at the hospital between May and August 2013.

A pair of twins stayed at the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit during that time, and their 25-year-old mother visited them. All three eventually died, and authorities later determined tuberculosis was to blame in the mother's and at least one baby's deaths.

Hospital attorney John Cotton says he doesn't believe the plaintiffs will come up with a solid case and predicts the suit will be dismissed.