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More mothers, babies being tested for tuberculosis

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More and more mothers and their babies are being tested for tuberculosis after possibly being exposed to the disease at Summerlin Hospital.

At least 28 positive cases of tuberculosis were linked to exposure within a neonatal intensive care unit, health officials said on Tuesday.

Mother Blanca Murphy said, "It's very stressful, you know, it's such a newborn, and he's been going through all of this."  

She gave birth to her baby boy Mitch on May 23 at Spring Valley Hospital. At six weeks old, he developed whooping cough and had to spend a week in the NICU at Summerlin Hospital. 

"Nobody said anything, I know he was in a very isolated area, and everyone that was coming in was wearing masks and everything," said Murphy.

During that time is when Murphy and Mitch could have been exposed to tuberculosis. In a report released by Southern Nevada Health District on Tuesday, investigators said the disease stemmed from an expectant mother who had been ill before she was admitted, and gave birth prematurely at Summerlin Hospital in May. 

The report said the mother later died at a Southern California hospital. Officials later determined she died from TB-meningitis, and that one of the twins died in June while the other was being treated in the neonatal ICU at Summerlin Hospital.

"I got really worried about it after him having whooping cough," said Murphy.

Since Wednesday, Murphy and her husband have had blood work done. Mitch has had a skin test, which has come back negative and a chest X-ray. The family is now left waiting on the blood work results and Mitch's X-ray, to make sure they're tuberculosis-free.  

"And after that, in a week they're going to have to put him on medication, just because he was exposed to somebody with TB," said Murphy.

Besides the stress, the entire family, including baby Mitch and his two big brothers, has shown no signs or symptoms of the disease.

"That's the only thing that I'm not worried, is because he's been very, very healthy after he got out of the hospital, " said Murphy.

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