TB case prompts testing at Charlottesville shelter

POSTED: 8:36 AM Aug 01 2013   UPDATED: 5:39 PM Aug 01 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -

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 tells The Daily Progress that testing will begin at The Haven in downtown Charlottesville on Aug. 16. The testing will continue through early September.

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

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

The Haven serves the homeless and the very poor. Its services include short-term storage, showers, laundry facilities, computer access, financial literacy and counseling, legal assistance and overnight shelter.