350 Infants Possibly Exposed To Tuberculosis At California Hospital
Officials at a Bay Area hospital are offering antibiotic treatments to hundreds of infants and mothers after a nurse was diagnosed with tuberculosis.By Samantha Crook | December 12, 2015
A Bay Area Hospital announced Friday that babies in their Mother & Infant Care Center might have been exposed to tuberculosis by a hospital employee.
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center says it will offer antibiotic treatments as a precautionary measure for the 350 infants it treated between mid-August and mid-November.
"Because the babies have an immature immune system, the bacteria can get into their bloodstream. And from the bloodstream it can go to anywhere in the body, including the brain," a doctor at the hospital told KNTV.