Hospital-Related Infection — Australia
Health authorities are testing hundreds of staff and patients exposed to tuberculosis after St. Vincent’s Hospital [in inner Sydney] detected a cluster of highly infectious cases among a group of patients.
Genomic testing revealed 5 people were infected with an identical strain of [_Mycobacterium tuberculosis_, causing] active tuberculosis (TB). “The cases are linked genetically. All 4 patients have exactly the same bug,” said Dr Anthony Byrne, a thoracic physician and TB expert at St.