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SOUTH CAROLINA: Tuberculosis Threatens Myrtle Beach Homeless Shelter


WMBF News (Myrtle Beach S.C.) (06.20.2013)

South Carolina health officials have informed the public that a person who stayed at Myrtle Beach’s Street Reach Ministries homeless shelter between April 26 and May 17 has tested positive for TB. Street Reach houses approximately 125 homeless individuals and feeds approximately 200 people per day. Five staff members and numerous volunteers also work at the facility. Grand Strand Regional Medical Center has confirmed two TB cases in 2013. Also, Greenwood County health officials have stated that an outbreak occurred at a primary school where 74 people tested positive. The state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is uncertain if the Street Reach case is related, so they have taken precautions. Jim Beasley, DHEC spokesperson, declared, "It's possible people could be exposed and don't know it because with most people the germ lies dormant.” Health officials have begun testing at the shelter. The state explained that they should have test results during the week of June 24–28.


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