As a precautionary measure, Convergys in the process of conducting more testing for tuberculosis.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has recommended the additional screenings to ensure that all employees are tested.
After one Convergys employee in Lubbock tested positive for tuberculosis, the Texas State Health Department held on site, voluntary screenings.
Those screenings revealed positive tests for exposure, not the disease.
There has only been one initial confirmed case of tuberculosis.
In the past, 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 They would have be tested again and show that the disease is no longer active in order to go back to work.
Amy Williams, Convergys Corporation Public Relations Senior Manager, has provided the following statement:
"Convergys is committed to providing our employees with a safe and healthy work environment. We have been working with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) as they continue their tuberculosis (TB) screening process at our Lubbock contact center.
Initial testing at the site in March 2012 determined that some employees may have been exposed to TB. Because employee participation in the second testing clinic was well below expectations, Convergys is following DSHS recommendations to hold additional testing clinics to ensure all employees have an opportunity to be screened."
KCBD NewsChannel 11 will continue to communicate with DSHS and Convergys Corporation to monitor the health of all employees.
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