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Metro Atlanta Hospital Warning Of Tuberculosis Exposure

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ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – State health officials and executives of a metro Atlanta hospital say more than 100 patients may have been exposed to tuberculosis.

Officials said Tuesday that an unidentified Gwinnett Medical Center employee was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis. Officials say all of the facility’s employees must take annual tuberculosis skin tests in June. Authorities say the employee likely developed the disease in mid-May and is expected to recover.

Authorities say 133 letters have sent to patients who had the most direct contact with the worker between February and May. The letters advise patients who had direct contact with the worker to undergo testing for tuberculosis.

Officials say no other Gwinnett Medical Center employees have tested positive for the disease.

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