Alarming TB count at AL poultry processing plant

All of the employees of Wayne Farms processing, in Decatur, AL have received TB skin tests….the results are mind-boggling. Nearly one-third of the tests came up positive.

All of the employees at the Wayne Farms fresh processing plant in Decatur have received tuberculosis skin tests and 212 of them tested positive.

Health workers read and tabulated a final batch of tests Wednesday, said Scott Jones, interim director of the State Department of Public Health’s Tuberculosis Control Division. Of the 598 tests administered Monday, 165 tested positive.

In skin tests administered to 167 fresh processing employees Oct. 11, 47 tested positive. One of the 47 has active tuberculosis disease, which is contagious.

All told, 28 percent of those who received skin tests at the fresh processing plant tested positive.

While latent TB infection is not contagious, health officials say about 10% of these cases will become active TB if untreated. Coughing, laughing or talking can transmit the airborne tuberculosis bacteria.

“The majority of the folks that we’re dealing with in this situation are foreign born,” Jones said. “I would expect about 30 percent of them to test positive.”

Both employees with active TB disease are Hispanics born in countries with a high incidence of TB, health officials said.

Source for this article: Decatur Daily News

Correction: Original post identified Decatur, GA. It is Decatur, AL. Sorry about ‘dat

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Comment posted by Nuke
at 11/3/2007 10:25:23 PM

Good catch! Corrected.

Comment posted by David
at 11/3/2007 9:54:32 PM

Wrong. Decatur, Alabama, not Georgia.

Comment posted by Swampwoman
at 11/3/2007 6:04:19 PM

The results aren’t surprising if you are aware that this is not a new problem, and that TB is endemic in Mexico as well as various sh**hole developing countries. My assumption is that illegal aliens are TB positive.

Comment posted by no2liberals
at 11/3/2007 11:40:13 AM

Uhhh…where’s the fence?

Comment posted by susie
at 11/4/2007 11:57:56 PM

That is not the only business there with active Tb being spread by an Illegal Mexican. Another business had 162 tested and found 10 but on retesting the number has gone up. I won’t go to that town anymore for fear of the plague they have brought on it. That town is about to become an example of how these people are a curse on America.

One Response

  1. very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

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