More than 30 Lynn Community Health Center employees and 800 patients are being tested to determine if anyone else was exposed to tuberculosis after center doctors confirmed a case one week ago.
“I can confirm there is a case. We are working closely with the city Department of Health and state Public Health Department,” said center Director Lori Berry.
After confirming the single positive test for tuberculosis in a male health care worker around Labor Day, Berry said center medical workers contacted and tested employees in the Union Street center as well as patients “having sufficient exposure to warrant testing.”
“If you haven’t been contacted, you haven’t been exposed,” Berry said. …
O’Connor said a “typical active tuberculosis case” is treated with a nine-month-long medication course and testing.
Berry stressed that exposure to tuberculosis does not “mean you have tuberculosis” but urged anyone who is concerned they may have been exposed to come to the center’s 269 Union St. urgent care center.