TB case diagnosed in Georgia

A former client of a Myrtle Beach homeless shelter is being treated in Georgia for tuberculosis and officials there are investigating whether the patient might have come into contact with other people – either en route to or in that state – who should be tested, according to Georgia’s health department.

Nurses with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control continued testing on Friday to see if staff, volunteers or clients of the Myrtle Beach-based Street Reach shelter might have been exposed to the disease.

More than 100 people were tested at Street Reach on Thursday, according to Kathy Jenkins, executive director of New Directions of Horry County, which operates the shelter.

A positive test does not necessarily mean someone has the disease, and further evaluation – such as a chest X-ray – is necessary. About 1 out of every 10 people who are infected with the germ get the disease, although it can take weeks or even years before the disease develops.