Via The Star, follow-up on a worrying story: Scarborough Hospital TB: Initial tests negative for 77 babies potentially exposed to tuberculosis. Excerpt:
Uncertainty remains for the parents of 10 babies who have yet to be tested after the infants were potentially exposed to tuberculosis at the Scarborough Hospital.
The rest of the babies — 77 of them — have so far shown no signs of the disease, the hospital says.
The 87 babies were in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit from April 1 to July 18 and were exposed to a nurse with a low-level TB infection. The nurse stopped work upon diagnosis, though doctors noted her symptoms at least four weeks before she tested positive for TB.
As a precaution, Toronto Public Health contacted the babies’ families July 31 to ask they bring their infants in for TB testing, 10 weeks of preventative medicine and follow-up tests.
Despite Toronto Public Health’s persistent efforts, two babies’ parents had yet to be contacted as of Thursday evening. (Infants typically can’t transmit TB, so there is no need for the public to worry.)
Distressed parents, however, will breathe a sigh of relief knowing the 77 babies already checked are well and showed “no indication” of the contagious disease, said hospital spokeswoman Cindy Woods.
The remaining eight babies have appointments.