- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - State health officials have launched its first screening of babies possibly exposed to tuberculosis at an El Paso hospital.

The New Mexico Department of Health said Monday the screenings will continue with the first of two special clinics hosted by the state.

Officials say 50 babies from New Mexico may have been exposed to tuberculosis because of an infected employee who worked in the postpartum and newborn nursery area of Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso. Letters have been sent to the families, and they’re being invited to screening clinics.

The children were potentially exposed at a nursery in the Providence Memorial Hospital of El Paso between September 2013 and last month. The health care worker tested positive for tuberculosis late last month.


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