Jennie-O Turkey plant worker in Minnesota tests positive for tuberculosis


A spokesman with Hormel Foods Corp. says a worker at the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Melrose, Minnesota, has tested positive for tuberculosis, The Associated Press reports.

According to Hormel, TB is considered a health issue and does not pose a food safety risk.

The spokesman says nine people work in the same department as the employee who tested positive for TB. The company sent a letter with the names of those employees to the Stearns County Public Health department Wednesday.

In September of 2012, a Hormel plant worker in Austin, Minnesota, tested positive for TB.

The Star Tribune says tests on the employee's co-workers who worked in the same section of the plant, as well as the employee's immediate family members, all came back negative.

The Centers for Disease Control says TB spreads in the air from one person to another when the person with the disease coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings.

"The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine and brain," the CDC says.

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