NSW woman infected after heart surgery

An elderly woman has contracted a rare and potentially deadly disease after she was exposed in a Sydney hospital to open heart surgery equipment linked to a global outbreak.

The woman, in her 80s, is the first confirmed NSW patient infected with Mycobacterium Chimaera, after authorities warned of potentially contaminated open-heart surgery equipment in August last year.

The woman, who was operated on in 2015, has been treated with antibiotics and is responding well, NSW Health said on Monday.

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