Chicago Hospital Worker May have Exposed Hundreds to TB
A resident doctor-in-training working at three Chicago hospitals has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, potentially exposing hundreds of patients and staff.
Officials are contacting all who might have been exposed at Children's Memorial Hospital, in an intensive care unit for newborns at Evanston Hospital and in a unit for newborns in Northwestern Memorial Prentice Women's Hospital.
The 26-year-old female pediatric resident was diagnosed Tuesday with TB at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago after experiencing symptoms consistent with the infectious disease, hospitals and the Chicago Department of Public Health said. Symptoms of "active" TB include coughing, night sweats, fever, chills and weight loss.
As of Friday evening, no patients or workers related to this case had been diagnosed with TB. The three hospitals -- Northwestern, Children's Memorial and Evanston -- said they believe the risk to patients is "minimal" from the resident, whose identity was not released.
"She did have some time when she was contagious at those three institutions," Dr. Susan Gerber, chief medical officer of the Public Health Department, said in an interview with the Tribune. "We are researching the different days and different places that she has been during the time that she would have been contagious."
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