State health officials tested 286 employees at a Greenville poultry-processing plant for tuberculosis after a case of TB was reported there, and nearly half had a positive skin test.Poultry workers test positive for TB: 131 at Greenville plant show signs of exposure after active case found, by Liv Osby, The Greenville News, June 20, 2007.
The investigation at Columbia Farms began a week ago after tests on the first individual confirmed active TB, said Thom Berry, spokesman for the state Department of Health and Environmental Control
Typically, the word "immigrant", much less "illegal immigrant", appears nowhere in the article. But it contains this tell-tale passage:
Berry said investigators were not surprised by the number of positive skin tests because so many of the employees are foreign-born. People born in other countries are nearly nine times more likely to have TB than those born in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"We suspect many may have been infected in their home countries before they came to the U.S.," he said.