Exposed to TB, now may be at Risk
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|Thu, 03-01-2012 - 6:40pm|
I got an email from my occupational health department yesterday that one of the patients I was caring for a couple months ago turned out to have tuberculosis. So I have to get a TB test, and although they say the risk is low because I was only in contact with him for a short period of time ,pretty much all the nurses that work in our infectious diseases clinic have tested positive for it. If you are in contact with someone with active TB you may contract it and it lays dormant/latent. It can then activate and become active. If you test positive you need to take a 9 month course of anti TB meds which can make you sick as hell.Pregnancy is a time where your immune system is diminished so if you have latent TB then it can become active.It's unlikely but it's just something else to worry about.