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Hundreds may have been exposed to TB at Delaware nursing home

State and health officials announced June 1 that more than 600 individuals may have been exposed to active tuberculosis at the ManorCare Health Services facility in Wilmington, Delaware during a nine-month period starting in January 2017. Officials were sending letters to current residents as well as former residents who stayed at the facility during the time of exposure.

Delaware State News is reporting that the facility “housed someone with active TB from January to September.” Free screening is available for anyone affected.

“This is an all hands-on-deck approach for us,” DPH Director Karyl Rattay said in a statement. “The most important thing we want people to know is that TB is treatable. That’s why it’s so important for us to reach out to all former residents and staff, to encourage them to get tested as soon as possible. Manor house leadership is working closely with the DPH and taking every measure necessary to protecting the health of its residents and staff.”

Those exposed include some who are scattered throughout seven other states. In addition to sending those individuals letters, DPH is coordinating with the states’ public health agencies.