Babies tested positive for tuberculosis at hospital in Italy

Babies tested positive for tuberculosis at hospital in Italy
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POSTED: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 9:12am

UPDATED: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 12:44pm

More than 70 babies born at one of Italy's largest and most modern hospitals have tested positive for tuberculosis. A 38 year old nurse who worked in the neonatal ward of Rome's Gemelli Hospital between March and July tested positive for TB. Health officials ordered TB tests for more than 1200 babies exposed to the disease. So far, 79 cases have been confirmed.

Consumer rights organizations said that number could rise. The nurse is being treated at another hospital. She had been vaccinated for TB, and it's unclear how or where she became infected. People who are exposed to TB do not necessarily develop the disease, and Italian authorities are encouraging people not to panic.

Click here to learn more about Tuberculosis and how it is contracted.

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