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Sydney Doctor Misdiagnoses TB Patient TWICE

Ten people were infected with tuberculosis after a Sydney doctor misdiagnosed a 23-year-old man with asthma then lung cancer, leaving him without proper treatment for three months.

Director of Communicable Diseases at NSW Health Vicky Sheppeard told the Daily Telegraph there was no current investigation into the doctor's misdiagnosis because a "complaint" had not been made.

TB is a nationally notifiable disease, and can be a very serious disease if not diagnosed early and treated.

All 11 affected patients are now being treated.

A spokesperson told the Daily Telegraph:

“TB is a nationally notifiable disease which means that there is enhanced surveillance by the Commonwealth and states and territories,” 

“Regarding the NSW case, the Federal Department of Health will be following up with NSW Health. The issue of whether there needs to be further education of health professionals about TB, will also be raised with the Communicable Diseases Network of Australia (CDNA).”

Daily Telegraph

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