September 17, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Eight infants have been exposed to tuberculosis at a Sacramento hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.
The Sacramento Bee says the babies are doing well and they weren't exhibiting any symptoms on Monday.
If an infant tests positive for TB, the child will be treated with six months of antibiotics before being tested again.
Public health officials say someone with active tuberculosis spent time in the Methodist Hospital of Sacramento neonatal facility from Aug. 23 to Sept. 3.
The person felt ill and went to the Methodist Hospital emergency room where the TB test was positive. The person is isolated and receiving treatment.
Tuberculosis is a serious, treatable and slow-growing bacterial lung disease that is transmitted through microscopic droplets from coughing, sneezing, talking or singing.
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