Health officials think the woman contracted TB through an unpasteurized dairy product from Latin America
Oct. 9, 2013
Nevada health officials are testing 140 newborns who they believe were exposed to tuberculosis at a Las Vegas hospital.
A mother and her newborn twins died of tuberculosis at Summerlin Hospital over the summer, prompting an investigation by the Southern Nevada Health District. Letters went out to hundreds of patients in August, but after hospital employees tested positive for the disease, officials started calling families to get tested immediately.
“It wasn’t, ‘Oh, come in next month.’ They want you in this week,” Jessica Hammond told KTNV, ABC’s Las Vegas affiliate. Her newborn son was in the neonatal intensive care unit at the same time as a baby who later died of tuberculosis. “Our concerns are, was he exposed? Is he carrying anything? Are we as well?”