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More TB screening sessions announced after high demand in Llwynhendy

Around 1000 people have been screened for TB during five screening sessions in Carmarthenshire this week.

An outbreak of the disease in the Llwynhendy area has been linked to one death.

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Hundreds of locals who may have come into contact with the disease were invited to attend screenings on mobile trucks at the Joiners Arms and Parc y Scarlets Stadium.

After yesterday’s screenings, extra sessions have been arranged for later this week because of the high demand.

29-people have been affected by TB since 2010 in Llwynhendy.

Today, there will be a session at Llwynhendy Health Centre, from 11am until 5pm (rather than the previously advertised 3pm).

Screening at Parc y Scarlets will run until 10am.

An additional session, also at Llwynhendy Health Centre, has been organised for tomorrow, 6th June between 8am and 1.30pm.

There is evidence to suggest that there are a number of as yet unidentified active and latent TB cases in the Llwynhendy population associated with the outbreak.

The aim of the current screening exercise is to identify these cases so that the affected individuals can proceed to treatment and the outbreak can be brought under control.

We are particularly keen for adults who were customers or employees of the Joiners Arms public house in Llwynhendy between 2009 and 2010 and may have been in contact with the first cases in this outbreak to attend for screening, so we urge those people in particular come forward for the remaining screening session.

– DR BRENDAN MASON, PUBLIC HEALTH WALES

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