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Two cancer patients suspected of spreading TB to 19 other people

Two leukemia patients with undiagnosed tuberculosis ended with 19 other cancer patients in four facilities becoming infected. Five of those infected were hospital employees. Thus, officials want all cancer patients to be screened in advance for TB to prevent a reoccurrence. Generally, tuberculosis is quite rare and is much more prevalent in foreign patients or African-Americans.

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About: Two cancer patients suspected of spreading TB to 19 other people

Date: 7 January 2005

Source: Reuters Health


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