Big Spring Hospital Employee Tests Positive for Tuberculosis

BIG SPRING - An employee at Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring has tested positive for tuberculosis.

The hospital says the risk for infection is low and the hospital is taking all recommended precautions and working closely with the Health Department to provide testing and notification to patients and employees.

Some 300 people may have come into contact with the employee between October 13th, 2008 and February 28th of this year.

The Howard County Health Department is sending out letters notifying people of the possible exposure and outlining the process for testing, which is free and is a simple skin test.

Hospital employees who may have been exposed are also being tested. So far, all tests that have been done have come back negative.

TB is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, a type of bacteria that can be spread when respitory droplets from an infected person are transmitted to another person.

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