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Official says 80 in Bahamas shelters after Dorian have TB

December 31, 2019 GMT

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — At least 80 people living in government-run storm shelters have tested positive for tuberculosis in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, the health minister of the Bahamas said.

The patients are being further screened as medical officials await test results, Health Minister Duane Sands said Monday.

A 15-year-old boy at a gym being used as a shelter tested positive for tuberculosis this month, he said.

Dorian hit the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco in early September as a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane, killing at least 70 people and causing more than an estimated $3 billion in damage.

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Tens of thousands of people were left homeless, and dozens of others remain missing.