EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Public health officials say more than 700 people at an El Paso hospital, including a number of infants, have been exposed to tuberculosis by an employee infected with the disease.
The city's Department of Public Health released a statement Friday saying more than 700 patients and about 40 employees at Providence Memorial Hospital were exposed.
Officials say people were exposed from September 2013 to August. The employee worked in the hospital's nursery. Officials said employment and medical records were reviewed to determine which infants, patients and employees were exposed.
There was no indication how many of them may have actually contracted TB.
Carrie Williams, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services, says the agency is assisting with health screenings of the people who were exposed.