TB Testing Attracts Hundreds in Alabama Town Where Infected Shrimper Lived
September 19, 2002
More than 200 people showed up for free tuberculosis testing Wednesday in Bayou La Batre, Ala., the homeport of a Vietnamese shrimper who was diagnosed with a highly contagious form of the disease. Mobile County Health Department officials had expected about half that many to turn out to be tested. Before Wednesday's testing, the health department had tested 139 people who may have come into contact with the infected man. Joseph Jablecki, the Health Department's director of TB control, said his group worked with law enforcement to track down the fisherman and people with whom he recently had been in close quarters. About 50 of those tests have come back positive, Jablecki said.Adapted from:
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