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A person who once stayed at a Myrtle Beach homeless shelter is being treated for tuberculosis in Georgia. A person who once stayed at a Myrtle Beach homeless shelter is being treated for tuberculosis in Georgia.
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No Tuberculosis Found In Testing At SC Shelter
June 26, 2013

State health officials say no one tested for tuberculosis at a homeless shelter in Myrtle Beach has developed the disease.

But The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported more testing is planned Wednesday.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control said it has tested 183 clients, volunteers and workers at the shelter. Eight people tested positive for the TB germ but none of those has developed the disease.

The germ can be treated with antibiotics and not everyone that has the germ develops the disease.

DHEC spokesman Jim Beasley says officials reviewed 27 chest x-rays and all were free of tuberculosis.

The testing began after a former client tested positive for infectious tuberculosis earlier this month.

More tests were planned Wednesday afternoon.

Shelter Client From SC Treated For TB In Georgia
June 21, 2013

A person who once stayed at a Myrtle Beach homeless shelter is being treated for tuberculosis in Georgia.

Health officials are checking whether the patient came into contact with others.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported (http://bit.ly/19Y5lOZ ) the patient could have come into contact with others either in Georgia or while traveling there.

Testing for TB continues Friday at the Street Reach shelter after another former resident was admitted to the hospital with the infectious respiratory disease last month and was released about a week later.

More than 100 people were tested Thursday.

Kathy Jenkins with the shelter's operator says the shelter is reaching out to those who may have stayed there and is posting fliers at agencies where they may have received services.

Tests At Myrtle Beach Shelter To Check For TB
June 20, 2013

State health officials are testing the staff and clients of a Myrtle Beach homeless shelter after a former resident developed tuberculosis.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports testing is being conducted Thursday and Friday at the Street Reach Ministries shelter.

Mark Plowden with the Department of Health and Environmental Control says the former resident was admitted to the hospital with the infectious respiratory disease May 27 and was released about a week later.

Health officials have been dealing with a TB outbreak at Ninety Six Primary School in Greenwood County.

Since May, more than 600 people associated with the school have been tested for tuberculosis. Of those, 74 have tested positive for exposure to the disease, and a dozen have developed tuberculosis.

A student at Clemson University has also been diagnosed with tuberculosis.  DHEC has contacted dozens of others who came into contact with the patient, according to an email sent to students last week.

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