NM infants being tested for TB exposure

The New Mexico Department of Health is still evaluating test results for 42 infants who may have been exposed to tuberculosis (TB) at Providence Hospital in El Paso, Texas, between September 2013 and August 2014. 

Sixteen babies were tested at the Sunland Public Health Office on Sept. 23, while 26 more underwent testing Wednesday at the Anthony Public Health Office. So far, none of the children have been found to have active TB in their systems.

The infants being tested are among approximately 50 children living in New Mexico who may have been exposed to a TB-stricken hospital employee in the post-partum and newborn nursery areas of Providence Hospital.

“Our public health team has spent the week in southern Dona Ana County not only testing babies, but working to put families' minds at ease by educating them about the testing process,” New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward said. “We will continue working as long as necessary to examine, test and, if necessary, treat New Mexico’s infants.”

The Department of Health has said it will provide updates as it learns of test results, or if there is a new development in the newborn TB testing process and evaluation.

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