ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A part-time United State Postal Service employee has been diagnosed with pulmonary Tuberculosis.
The employee, whose name is being withheld, worked at facilities in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, and Saratoga Counties.
Exposure to tuberculosis results in illness in only a small number of healthy people. Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease that is most often completely curable with medications. It is not considered to be as highly communicable as some other infectious diseases like the flu or measles.
“You can’t catch it from the mail like you can with anthrax,” Dr. James Saperstone said. “You have to be in contact with someone that has active TB, and you have to be close enough so that the water droplets from their coughing can reach you.”