Updated Information Regarding the Potential Tuberculosis Exposure
Northwestern Memorial Hospital is one of three area hospitals affected by the potential tuberculosis exposure. This situation affected a limited number of patients and staff in Prentice Women’s Hospital between November 3, 2008 and November 19th, 2008. We believe the risk of exposure is extremely low.
We have determined that 16 patients may have been affected. As an added precaution, we are notifying an additional 56 patients who may have come in contact with the healthcare worker. Please note, the potential exposure only relates to patients who were at Prentice Women’s Hospital and had a baby in the newborn nursery during this time period. This did not affect our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients.
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has assured us this is not cause for alarm. We are working closely with the CDPH, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) on this situation.
Northwestern Memorial patients who have questions may call 312-926-2000.