AL Officials Test 540 Workers
At Hyundai Plant For TB
|An Alabama public health official says 540 workers are being tested for
possible tuberculosis infection at the Hyundai automobile plant outside
The tests and evaluations Tuesday came after an employee at the plant was confirmed to have pulmonary tuberculosis. Pam Barrett of the Alabama Department of Public Health says only co-workers who were in close contact to the infected employee were being tested.
Pulmonary tuberculosis is an airborne disease that can be spread when someone coughs or even speaks. Symptoms include a bad cough and chest pains. Tuberculosis is treatable, but in rare cases it can be deadly.
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama spokesman Robert Burns told the Montgomery Advertiser that workers were told about the tests Monday and the plant was cooperating with health officials.
Public health officials investigate tuberculosis case at Hyundai Motor plant near Montgomery
Posted 4:55 pm, August 29, 2016, by Drew Galloway
HOPE HULL, Ala. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is investigating a case of tuberculosis at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant just south of Montgomery.
“As with all identified cases of TB in Alabama, ADPH will implement precautionary testing, investigation and control measures”, stated Dr. Karen Landers, Assistant State Health Officer and Medical Consultant for TB Control.
The ADPH plans to investigate the tuberculosis case and is working closely to ensure that the individuals potentially exposed are evaluated quickly.
“Testing and evaluation of individuals in close contact with the TB case will begin Tuesday, August 30,” stated Pam Barrett, director of the Alabama Department of Public Health Tuberculosis Control Division.
There’s no word on how the individual contracted the disease or how many people were in close contact with the tuberculosis patient.
TB is a treatable and preventable airborne disease, the ADPH said. People who were in close contact with the case will be rapidly assessed and appropriate preventive measures taken, according to ADPH officials. Only those people who were in close contact with the case need to be tested.
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