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Some patients, employees at Froedtert Hospital to get free TB tests after staffer tests positive

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WAUWATOSA, WI (WTAQ) - About 40 patients and 100 employees at Milwaukee’s Froedtert Hospital can get free tests for tuberculosis, after a staff member came down with an early stage of TB.

The female employee was diagnosed last Friday at the hospital’s main facility in Wauwatosa. She’s getting treatment at home, and a full recovery is expected.

Hospital officials said tuberculosis does not spread easily, and it’s unlikely that those who came in contact with the infected staffer caught the disease.

Still, Froedtert said it would offer free TB tests to those who may have had contact.

Wisconsin had 71 cases of tuberculosis last year, up from 55 in 2010.

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