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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-0345-2457, Orange County Employees, Goshen, New York.

Authors
Trout-DB
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 92-0345-2457, 1994 Sep; :1-12
NIOSHTIC No.
00222786
Abstract
In response to a request from the Commissioner of Health for Orange County, New York, an investigation was begun into the occupational transmission of tuberculosis among Orange County employees (SIC- 8322). Four county departments were selected for study including the Office of the District Attorney, the Mental Health Department, the Social Services Department, and the Probation Department. A tuberculin skin testing (TST) program was conducted to assess the risk of tuberculosis among these workers. The study population included all 540 Orange County employees in these four departments. Participants were recruited into the study through a letter distributed to each employee of these four departments. Of these 540, 148 (27%) chose to participate. Seven persons had positive test results; active tuberculosis was ruled out in all seven cases. In a follow up TST program after 1 year, one person was found to seroconvert from a negative to a positive skin test. That person worked in a suspected exposed job and was placed on preventive therapy after active tuberculosis was ruled out. The author recommends that the skin testing program be continued for those workers who are potentially exposed to tuberculosis on the job.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-92-0345-2457; Region-2; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Infection-control; Infectious-diseases; Disease-transmission; Bacterial-infections;
Publication Date
19940901
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
PB95-147443
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-92-0345-2457
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8322
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NY; OH
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