TB cluster emerges in Sydney hospital
Hundreds of healthcare workers and patients are being contacted and tested for tuberculosis (TB) following a small outbreak of cases at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney.
Genomic sequencing has revealed that five people have been infected with an identical strain of drug-resistant TB so far, with four of these cases linked to the hospital cluster.
The cluster began when a man presented to St Vincent’s ED on 30 October last year to be treated for asthma and pneumonia.
Although the patient was highly infectious at the