Suspected transmission of tuberculosis in a maternity ward from a smear-positive nurse: Preliminary results of clinical evaluations and testing of neonates potentially exposed, Rome, Italy, 1 January to 28 July 2011

P. Borgia, A. Cambieri, F. Chini, L. Coltella, G. Delogu, E. di Rosa, G. Fadda, P. Giorgi Rossi, E. Girardi, D. Goletti, G. Guasticchi, A. Morrone, P. Pezzotti, C. Romagnoli, M. T. Sacerdote, C. Russo, A. Villani, L. Zarelli

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Abstract

We report preventive measures adopted after tuberculosis (TB) transmission from a nurse to a newborn assessed in late July 2011. All exposed neonates born between January and July 2011 were clinically evaluated and tested by QuantiFERON TB gold in-tube; newborns testing positive were referred for prophylaxis. Of 1,340 newborns, 118 (9%) tested positive and no other active cases of TB were found. Active surveillance for TB will be continued over the next three years for all those exposed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuro surveillance : bulletin européen sur les maladies transmissibles = European communicable disease bulletin
Volume16
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - Oct 6 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Virology

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