TB Case Prompts Testing at Charlottesville Shelter
About a hundred people at a homeless shelter in Charlottesville will be tested for tuberculosis after a case there was confirmed.
One case was confirmed at The Haven in Charlottesville – now, the shelter and the health department are working to identify people who need to be tested.
The health department is conducting an investigation into the confirmed case of tuberculosis – or TB. It says that only those staying at The Haven who have had very close contact with the person in the confirmed case are at risk of being infected.
The health department will test people for both active and latent TB, but says the public should not be alarmed.
"It's not something the general public needs to be concerned about and we are working very closely with the two local shelters to identify people who may have been exposed and have become infected and to get those people tested so they can get preventive treatment," said Dr. Lilian Peake, Thomas Jefferson Health district director.
Peake says it can take up to 12 weeks before someone tests positive. The health department will start testing in a couple of weeks because of the amount of time it can take for someone to test positive.
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