Tuberculosis testing at Convergys ends today - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Tuberculosis testing at Convergys ends today

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Concerned Convergys employees notified KCBD NewsChannel 11 that employees who tested positive for TB were sent back to work.

After one case of tuberculosis was confirmed at the local call center earlier this month, the Texas State Health Department stepped in to provide free, voluntary testing for employees.

According to the Health Department, there is still only one confirmed case of tuberculosis being investigated from a Convergys employee in Lubbock.

Spokesman for the Texas Department of State Health Services Chris Van Deusen said they expect to see positive tests, since employees were exposed to the disease; however, 90% of the time a positive test result means someone has a "latent" tuberculosis infection.  If proven to not be active, this means the disease cannot spread and they can go back to work immediately.  They are still prescribed antibiotics and must stay on them for the course of 9 months.

To ensure the disease is not active after testing positive, a chest x-ray is taken.  If it is, liquid would be present in the lungs and a combination of antibiotics would be prescribed for several weeks.  They would have be tested again and show that the disease is no longer active in order to go back to work.

Convergys spokeswoman Amy Williams says employees have been given proper education through the Health Department about tuberculosis.  Free, voluntary on-site testing ends today.

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