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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Thirty employees at an Antioch restaurant are being tested for tuberculosis after Metro health authorities learned a former server there had an active case of the illness.

The health department said the patient worked at Logan's Road House in Antioch about five months ago.

A doctor diagnosed his TB infection last month and reported the case to authorities.

Experts say there's a very low risk that customers or other workers could catch TB from that server.

"It's not something that is easily spread from person to person. It takes long-term, sustained contact. Small, unventilated areas are typically where you would see a person that may be exposed," said Brian Todd, with the Metro Public Health Department.

It will take a few days for test results to come back, and even if an employee does test positive for exposure, officials said there are antibiotics that can keep the TB bacteria dormant.

Logan's Roadhouse sent Channel 4 News a statement, saying, "Our top priority is providing a safe environment for our employees and guests. As soon as we were made [aware] of the situation, we began working closely with the Metropolitan Public Health Department. The health department has assured us that there is no risk to our customers."

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