Seven clients of the Galaxy Nail Spa in Miami Twp. had positive reactions to skin tests for tuberculosis after a spa employee tested positive for an active case of TB, Montgomery County health officials said Friday.
But they were quick to point out that none of the seven unidentified adults showed signs of active TB, which is contagious and can cause severe respiratory problems, even death. The tests were administered for free earlier this week at testing clinics.
Health officials are not even certain that the positive test results — which were culled from more than 400 spa customers who came in for testing — were caused by the presence of the TB bacteria, said Dr. Thomas Herschline, medical director at Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County.
“There are other reasons why people might have had positive reactions to the skin test,” Herschline said. “But no one is suspected of having active tuberculosis at this time. It is reassuring to know that at this point there is no evidence of widespread infection.”
The customers with positive test results are still being evaluated to determine if they may have a latent form of the disease, which is not contagious, Herschline said. Latent TB is present in up to 10 percent of the U.S. population, but most never develop active TB, he added.
The female salon employee who tested positive for active TB after returning from a trip to her homeland, Vietnam, is currently undergoing treatment.
The salon, located at 9644 N. Springboro Pike, has been screened and determined to be safe for visitors, but anyone with lingering concerns about exposure can still be tested at the free clinics on the fifth floor of the Reibold Building at 117 S. Main St.
The clinics will continue screenings next week every day except Thursday. No appointments are necessary.
Health officials advised anyone with additional questions to call: 937-225-4550.