Wed, Dec 10, 2003 - Page 1 News List

Hospital confirms seven TB cases in Taipei County

By Joy Su  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday announced that seven patients at the Cheng Hsin Rehabilitation Hospital have tuberculosis. Another seven patients have been categorized as suspected cases and have been put under observation.

The center's deputy director, Shih Wen-yi (施文儀), said that the Cheng Hsin Hospital had reported a few cases of tuberculosis in April.

As a result, the center had performed tests on 1,400 patients and health-care workers in the hospital in June and October.

The tests identified 67 suspected cases of tuberculosis. Seven patients had returned positive PCR tests, although their chest X-rays exhibited no abnormalities, while another 52 had chest abnormalities but returned negative test results.

Shih explained that the 59 patients were under observation and being given medical treatment. Another seven patients have been confirmed as having tuberculosis.

Cheng Hsin Hospital officials have given hospital workers suspected of carrying tuberculosis a two-week leave of absence and drugs to treat the disease.

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