All TB tests on young children come back negative

ALL tests on children who may have been exposed to tuberculosis at Gladstone Hospital earlier this year have come back negative.

The testing of 30 babies and children under two years old finished last week.

Between the end of March and the beginning of May a Gladstone Hospital worker had contracted the disease.

Young children and babies who may have been exposed to the worker were all tested.

In June, hospital executive director Dr Nicki Murdock said the risk of infection was extremely low.

"It's something that we don't want people to panic about - the risk is very low," she said.

"If one of my children had been potentially exposed, it would not be something that I would be concerned about.

"We have worked with a TB expert advisory group around the management of this issue."

Commonly known as TB, the bacterial infection can spread through the lymph nodes and bloodstream to any organ in the body.

The bacteria can cause death of tissue in the organs they infect.

Because the bacteria is transmitted through the air, the disease can be contagious.

People with latent TB are not infectious, but people with TB disease of the lungs or throat can be infectious.

Infection is most likely to occur if you are exposed to someone with active TB on a day-to-day basis, such as by living or working with them.



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