Person Visited Neonatal Units Before TB Diagnosis

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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Health officials say a person with an active case of tuberculosis who visited two Northern Californi neonatal intensive care units had a valid reason to be there and had not been diagnosed at the time.

Little information has been released about the contagious individual, who was not a hospital employee. The person has since been placed in isolation and is receiving treatment.

Officials have cited privacy laws in not offering more details.

The Solano County resident visited Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento during the latter half of March and NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield in early and mid-April.

Initially a total of 35 babies were thought to have been exposed at the two hospitals to the sometimes fatal respiratory disease, but officials lowered their estimate to 26 at most.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Health officials are testing 35 babies for tuberculosis after a person with an active case of the life-threatening disease visited neonatal-intensive care units at two Northern California hospitals.

Few details have been released about the contagious individual, who has since been placed in isolation and is receiving treatment.

Officials say the Solano County resident visited Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento during the latter half of March and NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield in early and mid-April.

Sutter says the person was not a hospital staffer.

Parents of 20 babies in Sacramento County and 15 babies in Solano County are being notified about possible exposure to the sometimes fatal respiratory illness.

Solano County Chief Medical Officer Michael Stacey says he believes the risk of infection in this case is low.


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