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15 workers test positive for TB at Anniston plant

ANNISTON (AP) — State health officials said 15 Union Foundry Co. workers in Anniston showed positive skin tests for tuberculosis but early findings indicate the cases are inactive and not contagious.

Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Charles Woernle said the 15 workers have received chest X-rays this week to see if they have active cases. Their condition was detected during routine testing. Union Foundry, a division of McWane Inc., employs 315 people and manufactures pipe fittings.

Woernle said itís not uncommon to uncover cases of inactive TB in adults through tests in the workplace.

Health officials said the workers will be considered for preventative therapy.

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