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McGuire VA Medical Center Patient Diagnosed With TB

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RICHMOND, VA— The McGuire VA Medical Center is working to notify hundreds of patients after a recently hospitalized veteran tested positive for tuberculosis. 

As many as 490 patients and staff members may have been exposed to the bacterial disease, according to Darlene Edwards, the Public Affairs Officer for the Richmond VAMC.

The infected veteran was admitted to a community facility in late May, where he was diagnosed with active pulmonary tuberculosis, Edwards said.

8News is told the veteran was hospitalized and discharged from McGuire VA Medical Center in April.

The center is now working with local public health officials for surveillance of the case, Edwards said.

Employees at the center have been notified of the incident, and the center said it is currently working to notify other patients who may have been exposed.

Stay with 8News for updates.

 

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