100+ Gwinnett Medical Center patients may have been exposed to TB

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - More than 100 patients at Gwinnett Medical Center may have been exposed to tuberculosis.

Channel 2’s Dave Huddleston was there Tuesday as hospital executives and members of the county and state health departments held a news conference on the matter.  They found out about the issue when an employee was diagnosed with TB.

Officials said 133 letters were sent to patients who were at the medical center between February and May of this year. 

“Once the Health Department officials confirmed this was an active case, Gwinnett Medical Center and our infectious prevention and control manager began the process of identifying those patients who had the most direct contact with that employee,” Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Alan Bier said.

Hospital patients are encouraged to contact the state Health Department for testing.  Symptoms of TB are a chronic cough, night sweats and chest pain.



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