TB outbreaks in homeless shelters in Atlanta due to lack of infection control measures

August 9, 2014 2:59 AM

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TB outbreaks in homeless shelters in Atlanta due to lack of infection control measures

Public Health officials have asked the Centers for Disease and Prevention Control to assist with the investigation of an increase in the outbreak of tuberculosis in Georgia. The outbreak began in 2009 in Atlanta and most of the cases reported were from the homeless shelters. Last winter, many homeless people huddled in these shelters, suffered with the extreme cold and were diagnosed with tuberculosis.

Director of health protection for Public Health Dr. Patrick O’Neal attributes the cause to “very poor sanitation and infection control measures.” He also said that the homeless are in a vulnerable position as they are can breathe in the bacteria from other persons easily. The bacteria disperse into ...

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