Health Officials Testing for Tuberculosis at Shelter

August 1, 2013

About 100 people at a shelter in Charlottesville will be tested for tuberculosis after one case was confirmed.

Thomas Jefferson Health District director Dr. Lilian Peake says there's no risk to the public.

Peake says guests at the Haven shelter in downtown Charlottesville will be tested for both active and latent tuberculosis.

"In this situation you would have needed to spend about 25 to 50 hours of close contact in that space to really be at high risk of being exposed and infected," says Thomas Jefferson Health District Director Dr. Lilian Peake.

Health officials wouldn't comment on the condition of the person who tested positive.

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