ELYRIA – Thirty-three people were tested for tuberculosis yesterday after patrons of Pudge’s Place and Boomers Bar were informed that they may have been exposed to the disease.
The Mercy TB Clinic sent out a press release Tuesday indicating that a person, who was a frequent patron of both bars, had been diagnosed with active tuberculosis, otherwise known as TB.
The disease could be deadly if untreated, but most of those affected by it can be cured, according to Mercy. The person who was diagnosed is expected to make a full recovery, but the Mercy TB Clinic, with the help of the Ohio Department of Health, is now working to contain the disease.
Free testing was conducted at Pudge’s Place and Boomers Bar Tuesday, which resulted in 33 patrons being tested, Mercy spokeswoman LeeAnn Hastings said.
The Mercy TB Clinic is still encouraging those who visited the bars from Dec. 1 through April 9 to be tested.
Free testing will also be offered at the Mercy TB Clinic, 1800 Livingston Ave., Building B, Suite 318, in Lorain. Tests will be administered from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, and they will be read 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.