Thursday, June 18, 2009

33 premature babies feared exposed to swine flu

33 premature babies feared exposed to swine flu

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Thirty-three infants born prematurely at a North Carolina hospital are receiving precautionary swine flu treatment after possibly being exposed to the virus by a respiratory therapist.

A respiratory therapist exposes the virus to the babies? If there was contact made through another patient, then that therapist should have been sent home at that time and stayed there until they were completly cleared of the virus.

In a more detailed story, the therapist got sick, stayed home a few days but came back to work.

The therapist, who'd treated the man before his flu diagnosis, had called in sick during the weekend but then returned to work on Monday and treated babies experiencing problems with breathing.

The therapist stayed home again on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The 33 exposed babies are all being treated with Tamiflu as are parents and any other staff who might have been exposed to the virus.

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