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State warns of turbeculosis risk from southeast Michigan health facilities

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An employee at three southeast Michigan health care facilities may have unwittingly exposed more than 600 people to tuberculosis.

Those health care facilities are Saint Joseph-Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals, and the South Lyon Senior Care and Rehab Center.

It’s believed the infected worker may have exposed patients and staff at all three places between May of last year and January of this year.

Tuberculosis is a potentially serious bacterial disease that usually attacks the lungs.

Those most at-risk are in the process of being notified, and encouraged to get a blood test. Some current patients and staff have already been tested.

The state says it will work with Washtenaw, Livingston, and Oakland county health departments and the health care facilities to monitor the results and track any additional spread of TB.

Anyone outside the identified at-risk group with exposure concerns is encouraged to contact their doctor or local health department for testing.

More information and contacts for anyone concerned about potential TB exposure can be found here.  

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Radio in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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