5/27/2011 1:00 PM ET |
Filed under: Health
That's a scary number!
700 patients and 100 employees have been exposed to tuberculosis at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after coming contact with one employee who had the disease.
The infected employee was diagnosed in April, but did not know he had tuberculosis when he came in contact with employees and patients.
The hospital has notified anyone who they have identified as coming in contact with the employee 90 days before he was known to developed the disease and will begin testing them next week.
LUCKILY, nobody has reported any symptoms of the possibly deadly disease that could include chest pain, a bad cough, weakness and a fever.
TB deaths have been on the decline since 1993 and the most recent data hit the lowest number with only 544 people dying as a result. 11 million people in the U.S. are known to be infected with latent TB, which is symptom-free and not contagious.
We hope the 800 people exposed dodge that bullet and the diagnosed employee can successfully beat the disease.
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