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2 babies test positive in Summerlin TB case

LAS VEGAS -- Two babies from the Summerlin Hospital's Level III Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit have tested positive for tuberculosis, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

The babies were exposed to the disease when a mother with TB was allowed into the NICU during the summer of 2013.

The disease was found during the children's 12-month assessments. TB tests in infants are not accurate, which is why the health district is encouraging all children who were infants in the unit at the time of the exposure get their one-year test.

Since the outbreak was first reporter, the SNHD has tested the families of 140 infants. So far, 63 people have been diagnosed with the potentially deadly disease, but only two had an active version of the illness.

The mother, who unknowingly exposed the NICU to the disease, died from the disease, as did one of her twin girls. The other infant died, but the cause is not known.

Several lawsuits have been filed in connection with the outbreak.



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