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Final TB count: 212 test positive at 1 chicken plant
decaturdaily.com/ ^ | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2007 | Eric Fleischauer

Posted on 11/03/2007 7:05:23 AM PDT by B4Ranch

All of the employees at the Wayne Farms fresh processing plant in Decatur have received tuberculosis skin tests and 212 of them tested positive.

Health workers read and tabulated a final batch of tests Wednesday, said Scott Jones, interim director of the State Department of Public Health's Tuberculosis Control Division. Of the 598 tests administered Monday, 165 tested positive.

In skin tests administered to 167 fresh processing employees Oct. 11, 47 tested positive. One of the 47 has active tuberculosis disease, which is contagious.

All told, 28 percent of those who received skin tests at the fresh processing plant tested positive.

Jones said all 165 employees with positive TB results in the most recent tests would receive chest X-rays on Thursday. Doctors will evaluate those X-rays early next week to determine if any of them have signs of active TB disease.

"We have two (X-ray) technicians in the Division of TB Control to cover the entire state," Jones said. "For this situation, we've rearranged some clinics. We've made this a priority, so we have both of our technicians (assigned to Decatur and) working as a team to get them done."

Wayne Farms Sales and Marketing Director Stan Hayman said Wednesday the company offered to reimburse the state for the cost of the tuberculosis control efforts.

Jones said Thursday that he has a better idea.

"I appreciate their offer," he said.

"If Wayne Farms is interested in investing something, my recommendation to them would be to invest within their own facility to establish a pre-employment screening routine.

"If their intent is to invest, I wish they'd think about ways they can invest toward the future as opposed to reimbursing for a one-time event."

Latent TB infection is not contagious, but it remains in the body for life in the absence of treatment. About 10 percent of latent TB infections eventually become active TB disease, usually because of a compromised immune system.

Testing began after doctors diagnosed a former Wayne Farms employee with active TB disease. The testing revealed that another employee also had active disease. Health officials believe the second employee has a different strain of TB than the first employee and caught the disease from a different source.

In addition to testing other employees at the fresh processing plant, health officials said they tested all others known to have had contact with the two men. Jones refused to say whether either individual has school-age children.

Jones said the Health Department soon would give skin tests to all employees at two other Wayne Farms plants in Morgan County. The company employs 1,300 in the county.

"(Health Officer) Don Williamson asked us to evaluate the entire work force because of the concerns in the community and we're going to proceed with that," Jones said. "This is a very large undertaking. We've expanded this in response to concerns in the community, as a precaution."

Hayman said Wayne Farms welcomes the expanded testing.

"The community concern about this is an issue, but we also have 1,300 people who don't want to have to worry about their health when they come to work," Hayman said. "They have families who want them to work in a safe environment."

Jones said he was not surprised at the number of Wayne Farms employees who tested positive.

"The majority of the folks that we're dealing with in this situation are foreign born," Jones said. "I would expect about 30 percent of them to test positive."

Both employees with active TB disease are Hispanics born in countries with a high incidence of TB, health officials said.

Coughing, laughing or talking can transmit the airborne tuberculosis bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 15 minutes of close contact with a person who has active TB disease will cause up to 50 percent of people to become infected.

People who are contagious almost always are obviously ill, said Dr. Scott Harris, an infectious disease specialist who works in the TB clinic at the Morgan County Health Department.

Humans cannot catch TB bacteria from chickens, and the bacteria cannot be transmitted through chicken meat.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: aliens; chickenlittle; communicabledisease; contagiousdisease; diseases; foodsupply; healthcare; hispanics; immigrantlist; immigration; mexico; publichealth; tb; tuberculosis
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Wayne Farms is foreign owned by a company in Belgium.

How many illegal food handlers working in restaurants have T.B.? Did they pass it on to the cute blond serving you and has her kids passed it on to your child?

1 posted on 11/03/2007 7:05:24 AM PDT by B4Ranch
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To: B4Ranch
Here's an update from this morning....

Addison workers' TB tests positive

2 posted on 11/03/2007 7:07:59 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: B4Ranch


3 posted on 11/03/2007 7:09:11 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: B4Ranch

No mention of their status withrespect to immigration? Are we to assume that all these workers were legal immigrants?


4 posted on 11/03/2007 7:11:18 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: Diogenesis

Paging Eliot Spitzer...


5 posted on 11/03/2007 7:12:09 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Diogenesis

Nice pictures of some self-serving morons in the government.


6 posted on 11/03/2007 7:14:28 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Get Reid. Salazar, and Harkin out of the Senate.)
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To: Diogenesis

I blame our selfish, greedy government for this. They alone, are responsible for why we, and our children have been exposed to the things that so much time was spent eradicating in the borders of this country.

A shameless bunch of traitors they are. I really hope for them to become the victims of their greed.


7 posted on 11/03/2007 7:14:31 AM PDT by dforest (Duncan Hunter is the best hope we have on both fronts.)
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To: Mad Dawg

The state’s response indicates clearly the answer to your question.


8 posted on 11/03/2007 7:15:15 AM PDT by em2vn
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To: Diogenesis

I’m glad you keep posting that pic of the Senators having a good chuckle. That picture speaks a thousand words.


9 posted on 11/03/2007 7:17:59 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: B4Ranch
Right on! There is NO WAY in hell that there isn't a connection between these outbreaks and illegal aliens. Where were these breakouts of disease before we were overrun with these criminals?

Whether it’s contamination with tacos or chicken or pizza or lettuce or scallions, the illegals are to blame.

10 posted on 11/03/2007 7:23:42 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA
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To: B4Ranch
The US has turned into a third world country as far as food safety is concerned.
All the warnings about traveling abroad now applies to us.
11 posted on 11/03/2007 7:24:06 AM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: DCPatriot

TB was wiped out in our country. It is back because there are among us ‘Americans’ who provide illegals with the work they need to stay here.


12 posted on 11/03/2007 7:26:37 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: B4Ranch
Final TB count: 1

This is the most misleading headline I have ever seen. While 212 tested positive, that only means that sometime in their life they were exposed to the TB virus. It does not mean that they had the disease or that they will develop the disease, only that they had been exposed.

13 posted on 11/03/2007 7:26:40 AM PDT by Between the Lines (I am very cognizant of my fallibility, sinfulness, and other limitations.)
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To: Between the Lines

It is necessary to first be exposed to the disease before one “gets” it.

My grandmother, a nurse in a TB sanitarium in Wisconsin, died of the disease when my mother was 12.

This scourge had been eliminated, but apologists and rationalizers have carried the day.


14 posted on 11/03/2007 7:34:09 AM PDT by Bruce Buckley
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To: B4Ranch; gubamyster; HiJinx
Unfrikkinbelievable!!!! Thanks, OBL traitors!


15 posted on 11/03/2007 7:45:29 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Between the Lines
While 212 tested positive, that only means that sometime in their life they were exposed to the TB virus.

Nit. Tuberculosis is cause by a bacterium, not a virus.

16 posted on 11/03/2007 7:52:04 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Between the Lines

>>About 10 percent of latent TB infections eventually become active TB disease, usually because of a compromised immune system.<<

That means that if you catch the flu and have latent TB infections, there is a good chance that the flu will develop into an active tuberculosis disease.


17 posted on 11/03/2007 7:55:14 AM PDT by B4Ranch (( "Freedom is not free, but don't worry the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share." ))
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To: B4Ranch

Tsk Tsk Tsk. Our diversity is our strength. TB victims need love to! A drivers license will help cure the disease.


18 posted on 11/03/2007 7:55:38 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Bruce Buckley
Thirty-five years ago, I contracted TB. I broke some ribs, and the TB showed up on the X-rays. I was immediately put in a locked down TB Ward in Milwaukee’s County General Hospital. I was there for over six months before they finally figured out that I had Atypical TB. Not contagious, and probably gotten from working in my garden. I had separated two large Lily beds a few times in the previous years. Tubers. I had to take medicine for over a year.
19 posted on 11/03/2007 7:57:52 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: Mad Dawg

There was a time, say maybe 30 years ago when that would have been a reasonable assumption. These days, I don’t think so.


20 posted on 11/03/2007 7:58:56 AM PDT by B4Ranch (( "Freedom is not free, but don't worry the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share." ))
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

You’ve been talking to Spitzer, haven’t you?


21 posted on 11/03/2007 8:00:04 AM PDT by B4Ranch (( "Freedom is not free, but don't worry the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share." ))
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To: Grammy; Diana in Wisconsin

WOW. My sister, her kids and grandkids live in Decatur. Last time I was there I noticed a large Hispanic (can’t prove they were illegal, but would be willing to bet so) population.

While I am scared of terrorist attacks from Arabs, I also believe we are facing major danger with the influx of illegals from third world countries.


22 posted on 11/03/2007 8:01:38 AM PDT by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: B4Ranch

LOL!


23 posted on 11/03/2007 8:03:55 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: B4Ranch

I happened to go to a trendy chain Chinese restaurant in Overland Park, KS the other night (Pei Wei), and not a single employee was Asian. On the other hand, in the open kitchen, not a single word of English was spoken. Only Spanish...

I think that the estimate of “20 million” illegal aliens in the US is WAY too low...

Mark


24 posted on 11/03/2007 8:06:30 AM PDT by MarkL (Listen, Strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government)
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To: B4Ranch
Well, in the absnece of a declaration to the contrary, I conjecture two things:
  1. They ARE illegales;
  2. The Decatur Daily doesn't think it's nice of me to ask that question.

25 posted on 11/03/2007 8:06:35 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: Diogenesis

"We have nothing to worry about, Ted. Our tasters will die first."

26 posted on 11/03/2007 8:09:18 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: MarkL

I’d guess we are up to 35 million by now.


27 posted on 11/03/2007 8:13:23 AM PDT by B4Ranch (( "Freedom is not free, but don't worry the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share." ))
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To: Mad Dawg

Or maybe they thought the answer should be so obvious to everyone who can read that no further explanation is necessary.


28 posted on 11/03/2007 8:15:37 AM PDT by B4Ranch (( "Freedom is not free, but don't worry the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share." ))
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To: girlangler

I am very happy that I don’t have any family members in public schools these days.


29 posted on 11/03/2007 8:17:43 AM PDT by B4Ranch (( "Freedom is not free, but don't worry the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share." ))
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To: B4Ranch
Wayne Farms is foreign owned by a company in Belgium. How many illegal food handlers working in restaurants have T.B.? Did they pass it on to the cute blond serving you and has her kids passed it on to your child?

Good question. The Greenville SC chicken plant had a 167 positive tests about two months ago.

And there was the case in Gainesville GA, where the kid and his mother were told to self deport, guess they are back in Mexico and on disability by now. "sac Off"

30 posted on 11/03/2007 8:29:30 AM PDT by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: Travis McGee
Image hosted by Photobucket.com thank you...
31 posted on 11/03/2007 8:32:02 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist)
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To: B4Ranch
In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s dozens of my ancestors died from TB. Then we wiped it out. Now, we open up the door to kill dozens of my descendent's.....this is progress????
32 posted on 11/03/2007 8:39:48 AM PDT by AuntB (" It takes more than walking across the border to be an American." Duncan Hunter)
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To: Between the Lines
This is the most misleading headline I have ever seen. While 212 tested positive, that only means that sometime in their life they were exposed to the TB virus. It does not mean that they had the disease or that they will develop the disease, only that they had been exposed.

Read the 4th paragraph. The word latent means dormant. In other words the TB bacteria is just sitting in the exposed body waiting to activate. What triggers that activation is something that we don't know. Just hope you and family are not standing in line at Walmart when the TB bacterium of the exposed decides to activate.

33 posted on 11/03/2007 9:07:21 AM PDT by texastoo ((((((USA)))))((((((, USA))))))((((((. USA))))))))
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To: Between the Lines
While 212 tested positive, that only means that sometime in their life they were exposed to the TB virus.

About 10% of TB carriers develop active TB, so really the final TB count should be "21".

34 posted on 11/03/2007 9:12:14 AM PDT by ikka
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To: Between the Lines
>>>This is the most misleading headline I have ever seen. <<<

Oh, I see. Care for another piece of chicken? It locally grown right near here in Decatur.

35 posted on 11/03/2007 9:32:37 AM PDT by HardStarboard (Take No Prisoners - We're Out Of Qurans)
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To: B4Ranch; 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; ...

Ping!

I know this is becoming old news to the folks on the ping list, but sooner or later someone is going to wake up and realize that it’s time to close the barn door.

Aren’t they?


36 posted on 11/03/2007 9:42:17 AM PDT by HiJinx (Marine to Gen Pace: "Sir, thanks for your service. We’ll take it from here.")
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To: B4Ranch

“Wayne Farms is foreign owned by a company in Belgium.”

Good thing it’s not American because I have a feeling they are soon going to be out of business.


37 posted on 11/03/2007 9:44:46 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: AuntB
Same here....on my grandfather's side of the family...several including my great aunt who spent some long months, maybe close to a year in a sanitorium...(overcame it and is still living!)

Our country worked so hard to eradicate this...

..and now our citizens are exposed daily.

38 posted on 11/03/2007 9:46:02 AM PDT by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter...President '08)
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To: Diogenesis

I like the way they put DC in the Atlantic Ocean in that map. I wonder how that could be arranged.


39 posted on 11/03/2007 9:47:03 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: B4Ranch
"The majority of the folks that we're dealing with in this situation are foreign born," Jones said. "I would expect about 30 percent of them to test positive."

I was waiting for this to involve illegals and am greatly surprised the reported went this far without stating flatly what group was bringing in deadly diseases.

40 posted on 11/03/2007 9:48:55 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: HiJinx

If they’re RINOs or Dems,.. NOPE!


41 posted on 11/03/2007 9:50:36 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: MarkL
I think that the estimate of “20 million” illegal aliens in the US is WAY too low...

Yep.

42 posted on 11/03/2007 9:52:35 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: B4Ranch

An FR search on keyword:diseases shows more than just TB infections are coming across the borders.


43 posted on 11/03/2007 9:53:06 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: org.whodat

I wonder if Tyson conducts a food handlers medical test before allowing laborers to enter the plant?


44 posted on 11/03/2007 9:54:16 AM PDT by B4Ranch (( "Freedom is not free, but don't worry the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share." ))
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To: TomGuy

Hey, don’t bring out too many facts at one time. The Bush Bots get upset.


45 posted on 11/03/2007 9:55:27 AM PDT by B4Ranch (( "Freedom is not free, but don't worry the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share." ))
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To: HiJinx
sooner or later someone is going to wake up and realize that it’s time to close the barn door.

Indeed, we have to close the barn door even after the horse is out.

The illegals are transforming this beautiful, clean and healthy country into a barn or worse, a pigsty.

46 posted on 11/03/2007 9:56:00 AM PDT by melancholy (Beware of Ho Chi Minh's offspring, Ho She Marx , invading the WH.)
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To: mtbopfuyn
Look down near the bottom of the article.

Both employees with active TB disease are Hispanics born in countries with a high incidence of TB, health officials said.

47 posted on 11/03/2007 9:57:17 AM PDT by B4Ranch (( "Freedom is not free, but don't worry the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share." ))
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To: Bruce Buckley
My grandmother, a nurse in a TB sanitarium in Wisconsin, died of
the disease when my mother was 12.


One segement of PBS's "History Detectives" was about tracing the story
of an ANCIENT Harley-Davidson motorcycle (just a bit more advanced
than a "bicycle with a motor").

The owner showed there was a "Cross of Lorraine" on the gas tank...and
thought it was maybe used in WWI in France.

But...no!
It was one of a number of motorcycles that HD donated to the Tuberculosis
prevention society (more like an army!) in Wisconsin in the early 1900s.
Tuberculosis educators would basically do a "circuit-riding"
job of educating folks out in the smaller towns of Wisconsin.

Some of the numbers mentioned about prevalence of (and mortality from)
TB in early 1900s USA and Wisconsin were pretty darned scary.
48 posted on 11/03/2007 9:57:40 AM PDT by VOA
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To: HiJinx

Do you close the door to a burning barn?

Maybe we can get a firefighter to reply to that question.


49 posted on 11/03/2007 9:59:27 AM PDT by B4Ranch (( "Freedom is not free, but don't worry the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share." ))
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To: Vinnie
The US has turned into a third world country as far as food safety is concerned.

Not only food safety. Yesterday, I heard a news report that the FDA said they could not guarantee the safety of prescription medicines being imported. The report went on to say that nearly 80% of prescription medicines are imports, not manufactured within the US.

And we see more and more news reports like this one:

U.S. agriculture giant Cargill recalls ground beef - (E. Coli)

Yesterday, three Totino's Frozen Pizza brands were being pulled.

What is going on?


50 posted on 11/03/2007 9:59:33 AM PDT by TomGuy
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