Suspected transmission of tuberculosis in a maternity ward from a smear-positive nurse: preliminary results of clinical evaluations and testing of neonates potentially exposed, Rome, Italy, 1 January to 28 July 2011

Giovanni Delogu, Giovanni Fadda, Andrea Cambieri, Costantino Romagnoli, P Borgia, F Chini, L Coltella, E Di Rosa, P Giorgi Rossi, E Girardi, D Goletti, G Guasticchi, A Morrone, P Pezzotti, M Sacerdote, C Russo, A Villani, L. Zarelli

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Abstract

We report preventive measures adopted after tuberculosis(TB) transmission from a nurse to a newborn assessed in late July 2011. All exposed neonates born between January and July 2011 were clinically evaluated and tested by QuantiFERON TB gold in-tube; newborns testing positive were referred for prophylaxis.Of 1,340 newborns, 118 (9%) tested positive and no other active cases of TB were found. Active surveillance for TB will be continued over the next three years for all those exposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)N/A-N/A
Number of pages3
JournalEurosurveillance
Volume16
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Antitubercular Agents
  • Contact Tracing
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Family Health
  • Female
  • Hospitals, Pediatric
  • Hospitals, University
  • Humans
  • Immunity, Cellular
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Professional-to-Patient
  • Interferon-gamma
  • Male
  • Mass Screening
  • Maternal-Child Nursing
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Hospital
  • Population Surveillance
  • Pregnancy
  • Rome
  • Sputum
  • Tuberculin Test
  • Tuberculosis, Pulmonary
  • Tuberculosis, Splenic

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