Health Department Monitoring TB Case in Johnson County

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Workers at a manufacturing plant in Johnson County are to be tested for tuberculosis as a precaution after a worker at the factory was diagnosed with the lung disease.

The state Health Department says the workers had an active case of TB but is receiving treatment and there is no longer risk of infection to others.

The Health Dept. will be on site on Wednesday to administer skin tests to workers exposed to the active case.

Those with positive skin tests will be given chest X-rays.  The department says having a positive test and a negative chest X-ray means the person has a latent TB infection and is not contagious.  The Health Department says only about ten percent of people with latent TB infections develop active TB.  Latent TB can be controlled with medicine.

The department didn't identify the infected worker or name the manufacturing plant.

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