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Not A Big Deal, But You Should Get That Checked Out Sooner Rather Than Later

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We gave the users of the 24th floor men's room at 383 Madison Avenue some, uh, flack a while back for perhaps being unfamiliar with the fundamentals of good hygiene as they relate to bathroom usage. Turns out they're in good company!

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Sent: Mon 9/8/2008 2:07 PM
Subject: Public Health Advisory
As a result of information obtained from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Tuberculosis Control, employees working on the 6th floor of 2 Metrotech may have been exposed to an individual recently diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB). Tuberculosis is a serious disease which is spread from person to person through the air, especially among those who spend a long time around someone who is sick with TB. Employees who regularly work on the 6th floor are advised to be tested for TB. Brief contact with a person sick with tuberculosis is unlikely to give a person tuberculosis; however, employees who work elsewhere at 2 Metrotech may also obtain TB testing if they would like. TB is both preventable and curable if treated.
Comprehensive Health Services (CHS), which operates the Health Unit located in the Metrotech lobby, will offer this screening starting on Tuesday, September 9, 2008, beginning at 1:00 p.m.. You must return to the health unit approximately 48 to 72 hours (2 to 3 days) after your initial test to have the test interpreted (read). All testing and treatment provided by the Health Unit for this is free of charge.
If results of the skin test show that you have been infected, you will need further medical evaluation (by x-ray and physical examination). If you choose to be tested and/or x-rayed by your private physician, health plan, or other medical facility, you will need to provide the results to the Bureau of Tuberculosis Control. The results should be reported in millimeters and the following criteria should be used: indurations < 5mm are negative and indurations > 5mm are positive. Please mail the results no later than Monday, September 29, 2008 to Magali Calderon, 225 Broadway, Bureau of Tuberculosis Control-ECI, 225 Broadway, 22nd Floor, Box 72B, NY, NY 10007.
For information about TB, please visit the New York City Department of Health website at or the Centers for Disease Control's website at If you have questions about the onsite testing, please speak with CHS staff.
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