(MERCURY NEWS) — SAN JOSE -- In a stunning announcement that has South Bay mothers of newborns reeling, Santa Clara County officials on Friday said hundreds of babies, mothers and employees may have been exposed to a nurse with tuberculosis at Valley Medical Center's mother and infant care center.
As a result, those who came into contact with the nurse from mid-August through mid-November will have to undergo testing for the potentially deadly disease. And as a precaution, all 350 infants born during that period also will be required to undergo a daily oral antibiotic treatment for six to nine months, whether or not they test positive, officials said.
"While the risk of actual infection is low, the consequences of tuberculosis infection in infants can be very severe,'' Dr. Stephen Harris, head of pediatrics at VMC, said during a Friday afternoon teleconference.
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