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Occupy Atlanta denies TB threat

By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.

Editor & Publisher

ATLANTA, Nov. 10, 2011, 5:40 p.m. - Occupy Atlanta's Tim Franzen today disputed a report that a drug-resistant tuberculosis strain may force the group to move its headquarters from atop a homeless shelter.

"They [the health department] have no data on an outbreak." Franzen told Redding News Review's radio show. "They have two cases that have been confirmed, but they have both come out of the Fulton County Jail, which is where people get TB."

Franzen said that he and others have no problems with spending the night at the facility.

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CBS earlier today reported: "The Fulton County Health Department confirmed Wednesday that residents at the homeless shelter where protesters have been occupying have contracted the drug-resistant disease. WGCL reports that a health department spokeswoman said there is a possibility that both Occupy Atlanta protesters and the homeless people in the shelter may still be at risk since tuberculosis is contracted through air contact."

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