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Report: 59 test positive for TB in hospital outbreak

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An interim report on the tuberculosis outbreak at Summerlin Hospital released Monday by the Southern Nevada Health District, indicates 59 people tested positive for latent TB infection.

Latent TB infection is a condition where a patient has been infected with the tuberculosis bacterium but does not have the active disease.

In all, 977 people were identified as needing testing. The tests identified two active cases of TB and the report stated 181 people were not evaluated thoroughly. Those people may have refused testing, not submitted to a thorough test or had inaccurate contact information.

The health district earlier indicted the disease may have stemmed from an expectant mother who had been ill before being admitted to Summerlin Hospital in May.

The woman prematurely gave birth to twins at the hospital.

The woman later died in a hospital in southern California, her cause of death listed as TB meningitis. One of her twins died in June. The other infant was placed in isolation upon testing positive for tuberculosis. That child died in August.

The health district determined 142 infants needed evaluation for exposure and that many of those tests remain incomplete.

The two active cases of tuberculosis involve a family member of the original patient and a hospital employee. They are expected to survive.

The report released Monday indicated that although dozens of infants require testing, it's not believed they were at great risk for exposure.

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