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TB scare at Worthing hospital

5th March 2007

An employee at Worthing Hospital has been found to have TB.

Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust says all fourteen patients who came into contact with the employee have been traced and advised of the symptoms of tuberculosis as a precautionary measure.  The Trust has also informed the GPs of all the patients concerned but says there is no risk to public health. Trust medical director Mike Rymer said, "The risk of infection actually having been passed on to anyone in this situation is extremely low. TB infection is usually only passed on following prolonged and continuous close contact of eight hours or more, with an individual who has pulmonary TB.?

The healthcare worker was newly-appointed and is thought to have completed four night shifts before becoming unwell.  The unnamed staff member from West Sussex has been signed off work and is said to be making a good recovery.

 

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