August 22, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing nearly $40,000 in fines against a Las Vegas hospital where employees were exposed to tuberculosis over the summer.
The agency issued six serious and two less-than-serious citations against Summerlin Hospital, saying the organization was slow to evaluate employees for tuberculosis and didn't reevaluate its written plans for keeping the disease under control.
Summerlin Hospital officials issued a statement saying they dispute the citations and plan to fight them vigorously.
OSHA says at least 20 employees tested positive for the disease after a mother and child with undetected TB were treated there.
Hundreds of babies, visitors and employees were tested for the lung disease after the mother and her child died and autopsies confirmed tuberculosis was the cause.
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