Froedtert Hospital worker diagnosed with tuberculosis

WAUWATOSA (WITI) -- A Froedtert Hospital spokesperson confirmed to FOX6 News on Thursday, April 4th a Froedtert Hospital worker has been diagnosed with tuberculosis.

In a statement to FOX6 News, the Froedtert Hospital spokesperson said:

"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. 

The individual is receiving treatment at home and is expected to fully recover. 

The risk of other people developing TB from contact with this person is extremely low. TB is not easily spread. Continuous, close contact over an extended period of time is needed to transmit the illness. It cannot be spread by touching an infected person. TB is preventable and curable. 

As a precaution, we notified approximately 40 patients and 100 staff and physicians who may have been in contact with this individual. We are providing free TB testing to them as part of a standard protocol."