CREATED Oct. 7, 2013
Summerlin, NV (KTNV) -- After two months of investigation, the Southern Nevada Health District and the CDC have identified 140 infants they said may have been exposed to tuberculosis in the level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Summerlin Hospital between May 11 and Aug. 8.
"So they went in with our staff and reviewed all of our records and identified a bunch of people they do want to test," SNHD Chief Health Officer Dr. Joe Iser said.
The case stems from a 25-year-old woman that was transferred from another hospital in May and later gave birth to premature twins.
The twins were placed in the level three NICU, where one died in June.
The mother was then transferred to a California hospital where she later died, with the autopsy revealing tuberculosis.
"We immediately notified Summerlin and they immediately put the baby in isolation as they should have. They tested for tuberculosis and that came back positive," Iser said.
The health district is contacting parents and hoping to get all of them to a private clinic this week for testing.
"I actually don't feel that many, if any will end up being active tuberculosis cases. Probably not any, but we want to be safe," Iser said.
In a statement released Monday afternoon Summerlin Hospital’s CEO Robert Freymuller said:
"Our staff is vigilant in creating and maintaining the highest level of safety of patients and visitors. People with infectious diseases may visit many places until they are diagnosed and hospitalized. We use multiple precautions to contain, treat, and prevent germs from spreading to patients, visitors and staff, such as hand hygiene processes, protective equipment such as gowns, gloves, and masks, and rigorous cleaning and disinfecting processes."
The health district said there is little risk patients outside the NICU were exposed.
If you would like additional information you can contact the health district through its helpline at (702) 759-INFO.