Froedtert Hospital staffer diagnosed with Tuberculosis
MILWAUKEE --- A Froedtert Hospital staffer has been diagnosed with Tuberculosis. The hospital says it is a single case and it was caught in the early stages, which minimizes the risk of transfer to other people.
Tuberculosis is a respiratory infection caused by a bacteria that's spread through the air person-to-person. The symptoms include a bad cough that lasts for weeks and chest pain.
Froedtert says 40 patients and 100 staff members and physicians have been notified of the TB case. The hospital is providing free testing.
Froedtert released the following statement:
"A single case of very early stage tuberculosis recently diagnosed at Froedtert Hospital poses no threat to the general public, staff or to other patients receiving care at the hospital.