45 More Infants Exposed To TB At Texas Hospital

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

EL PASO, Texas (AP) – Health officials say an additional 45 infants may have been exposed to a West Texas hospital worker infected with tuberculosis, bringing the total number of children potentially exposed to the disease to 751.

Health officials said Tuesday that they received a list of another 45 infants at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso. Authorities have said the infants were exposed to the worker at Providence from September 2013 to August.

The El Paso Department of Public Health says more than 350 appointments have been made for babies to be tested. The families of the 45 infants are being notified of the health threat.

The infected worker tested positive for TB in late August.  Last week, the health department announced more than 700 infants and 40 employees had been exposed to the disease.

It’s unclear why it took so long for the worker to be tested…

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