Staff at the Salt Lake homeless shelter and county and state health department officials have been meeting to resolve problems created by a small outbreak of tuberculosis at the shelter.
In the past two months, four cases of tuberculosis have been reported in the single men's section of the Salt Lake Community Shelter and Resource Center. The men who were ill are no longer in the shelter, but are receiving medical treatment through area hospitals."Our concern is trying to figure out some protocol on how such cases should be served," said Patrick Poulin, director of Travelers Aid, which operates the shelter. "We need to agree on what steps to take and who gets involved."
The shelter's primary concern is screening out people who may have airborne, contagious diseases like tuberculosis, he said. "We want to make sure they receive help, but can't infect the general population."