El Paso: More babies test positive for tuberculosis

unnamed-13EL PASO, TEXAS (NBC) – Two more babies have tested positive for tuberculosis at an El Paso hospital, bringing the total number of positive tests to eight.

These tests are in response to a recent discovery that a nurse’s assistant infected with TB worked at the hospital’s nursery.

The worker reported TB-related symptoms in July but was allowed to continue working for weeks.

El Paso Public Health Director Robert Resendes said Thursday that of the eight, five babies had been vaccinated previously against TB, and their results may be false positives. Preventive medical treatments have been offered for all eight.

As of now, none of the babies have active TB, the deadly and contagious form of the disease.

The health department says it is still looking to contact eight percent of parents whose babies were possibly exposed…