59 test positive for TB after Las Vegas outbreak

December 23, 2013 by Hannah Dreier

Las Vegas public health officials say dozens of people linked to a tuberculosis outbreak at a neonatal unit have tested positive for the disease.

The Southern Nevada Health District reported on Monday that of the 977 people tested, 59 showed indications of the disease and two showed signs of being contagious.

Dr. Joe Iser, chief medical officer at the health district, says the report demonstrates the importance of catching tuberculosis early.

Health officials tested hundreds of babies, and staff who were at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center's neonatal intensive care unit this past summer, saying they wanted to take extra precautions after the death of a mother and her twin babies.

They contacted the parents of about 140 babies who were at the unit between mid-May and mid-August.

Explore further: 2 babies died at Bahamas hospital after outbreak

Related Stories

Smart jacket for premature babies

November 13, 2013

Together with the Máxima Medical Center (MMC), Eindhoven University of Technology has developed a prototype wireless 'baby jacket' for very premature babies in intensive care units. The jacket, which includes monitoring ...

1,500 tested for TB at Southern California school

December 21, 2013

More than 1,500 staff and students at a Southern California high school have been tested for tuberculosis after one student was diagnosed with the bacterial infection last month.

Recommended for you

Monkeys in Asia harbor virus from humans, other species

November 19, 2015

When it comes to spreading viruses, bats are thought to be among the worst. Now a new study of nearly 900 nonhuman primates in Bangladesh and Cambodia shows that macaques harbor more diverse astroviruses, which can cause ...

One-step test for hepatitis C virus infection developed

November 14, 2015

UC Irvine Health researchers have developed a cost-effective one-step test that screens, detects and confirms hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. Dr. Ke-Qin Hu, director of hepatology services, will present findings at the ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.