RANCHO MIRAGE, California (June 2, 2017) — As many as 500 hospital staff and patients may have been exposed to active tuberculosis at Eisenhower Medical Center, according to the director of the Riverside County Disease Control and an infection prevention specialist at the hospital.
The hospital is conducting tests to determine whether or not there is an outbreak at the hospital or if the fact that three people tested positive for TB between January and March was just a coincidence. A letter warning potential victims was sent out by mail. The hospital stated that not everyone exposed to the TB bacteria will get the illness and it is treatable with antibiotics.
Tuberculosis symptoms can range from chest pain and persistent coughing with mucus and or blood to fever and night sweats. The respiratory illness can be spread by coughing, talking or sneezing as people exchange saliva or it is inhaled. In fact, the bacteria from tuberculosis may live airborne for several hours. To test for TB, a doctor will do a skin test and a chest x-ray.
The hospital conducts rapid air exchanges to minimize airborne illnesses.
If you or a loved one have questions about exposure at the hospital, call them at (951) 358-5107.
Personal Injury Law Firm
Johnson Attorneys Group advises that anyone who has been diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) after spending time at a hospital or medical facility get treatment immediately. It’s a potentially deadly illness that can be easily spread among hospital workers and patients. A medical or healthcare facility could be deemed liable due to negligence for not maintaining a safe facility for its employees and patients. If you recently spent time at Eisenhower Medical Center and were diagnosed with TB, contact our personal injury law firm for help at 800-235-6801.
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