Public health officials investigate tuberculosis case at Hyundai Motor plant near Montgomery

Image: From Hyundai/CNN

Image: From Hyundai/CNN

HOPE HULL, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is investigating a case of tuberculosis at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant just south of Montgomery.

“As with all identified cases of TB in Alabama, ADPH will implement precautionary testing, investigation and control measures”, stated Dr. Karen Landers, Assistant State Health Officer and Medical Consultant for TB Control.

The ADPH plans to investigate the tuberculosis case and is working closely to ensure that the individuals potentially exposed are evaluated quickly.

“Testing and evaluation of individuals in close contact with the TB case will begin Tuesday, August 30,” stated Pam Barrett, director of the Alabama Department of Public Health Tuberculosis Control Division.

There’s no word on how the individual contracted the disease or how many people were in close contact with the tuberculosis patient.

TB is a treatable and preventable airborne disease, the ADPH said. People who were in close contact with the case will be rapidly assessed and appropriate preventive measures taken, according to ADPH officials. Only those people who were in close contact with the case need to be tested.