Over 70 newborn infected with TB in Rome hospital
Saturday 28 May, 2016

Over 70 newborn infected with TB in Rome hospital

Published On: Thu, Sep 1st, 2011 | Health | By BioNews

More than 70 newborn babies have been infected with tuberculosis (TB) in one of Italy’s largest and most modern hospitals, local media said Thursday.

According to official information, 79 babies born in the Gemelli Hospital in Rome have recently tested positive for tuberculosis. However, an influential Italian consumers’ rights organisation, Codacons, says the figure could be twice as high.

The scandal broke out in mid-August when it was announced that one of the nurses at the hospital’s neonatal department tested positive for TB, and all the children born from March to July are under the threat of infection.

Though Italian health authorities deny any risk of a tuberculosis outbreak at the moment and say the infected children will not necessarily become transmitters of the disease, the scandal is gaining momentum.

Prosecutors in Rome have launched an investigation into the incident, but no official charges have been filed so far.

Local media say the hospital management may be blamed for “blatant negligence” and failure to monitor the health conditions of their staff properly.

Tuberculosis is a contagious airborne disease, sometimes described as the “disease of poverty.” It affects mostly young adults, with the vast majority of TB deaths occurring in the developing countries.

According to the World Health Organisation statistics, 1.7 million people died of TB in 2009, equal to 4,700 deaths a day. A total of 9.4 million new cases were recorded in 2009.

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

More from Health
  • Bacterial DNA from the Black Death found in teeth
  • Diabetes treatment should be localised: Study
  • $34 smartphone dongle that can detect HIV, syphilis in 15 mins
  • Zuckerberg, wife donate $75 million to San Francisco General Hospital
  • Scientist develops disposable devices to identify allergies