Tuberculosis has been largely under control in Canada for half a century, so word that more than 80 infants were potentially exposed to the deadly lung disease in a Toronto hospital was disturbing.
The Toronto Star reports that 87 babies were being tested for TB after a nurse who worked in Scarborough General Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit was found to have the disease.
Dr. Peter Azzopardi, the hospital's chief of pediatrics, said the unidentified nurse "absolutely followed the protocols of the hospital," reporting her symptoms as soon as she felt ill.
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At first, tests did not reveal she had the disease and her symptoms were so slight she was allowed to continue working in the neonatal unit. But results of a secondary test four weeks later confirmed TB on July 18, the Star said, and she stopped working to begin treatment.
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