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Tuberculosis in Mississippi: Employee at Horseshoe Casino in Tunica Gets TB

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Chris Davis

TUNICA, Miss.–The Horseshoe Casino is a place where thousands of people come to have fun. Now an employee at that casino has tested positive for tuberculosis and others will be tested. So far, no one else has gotten sick.

This is a statement from Caesar’s Mid-South, which operates the Horseshoe:

“With the safety and security of our employees and guests as our primary concern, we have been working with the Mississippi Department of Health regarding a confirmed case of tuberculosis within our employee population. We expect the Mississippi Department of Health to contact employees that have been identified to possibly be in contact with the infected employee in a working environment in the very near future in order to be tested. We are working to have initial testing on August 26 with follow-up testing to be scheduled in mid-September.

Due to the quick response once the infection was identified and timely testing we believe, and certainly hope, any identified subsequent infections would be categorized as latent TB and would be treated with antibiotics.”

There was no statement from the Miss. Dept. of Health. Action News 5 in Memphis reported there was an unconfirmed case at Gold Strike, which is nearby.

Testing was expected to begin Aug. 26.

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