Hundreds tested for TB in Massachusetts after health care worker tests positive

Hundreds tested for TB in Massachusetts after health care worker tests positive

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.

Continue reading →


Commenting Policy

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

You may use HTML in your comments. Feel free to review the full list of allowed HTML here.