Report: Occupy Atlanta base tests positive for TB

CBS Atlanta is running with this tonight:

The home base for Occupy Atlanta has tested positive for tuberculosis.

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.

The AJC’s David Ibata talked to Tim Franzen, a member of Occupy Atlanta, who said this:

”We have gone as far as having our folks get tested today for TB. Zero people – not even halfway infected. No trace of any TB at all.”

Read the full story here.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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30 comments Add your comment

Walter LIttle

November 10th, 2011
8:17 pm

It’s going to be interesting to see who was the original carrier of the disease, as far as bringing it into the Peachtree-Pine Shelter. If it came from a member of the Occupy Atlanta group, there’s a good chance there are going to be LOTS of sick people. :(


November 10th, 2011
8:20 pm

With the scum who run Atlanta, it would not surprise me at all that they paid to have it brought it in to permanently shutdown not only Occupy Atlanta but the shelter as well.


November 10th, 2011
8:21 pm

I wish It would have taken out some of those Dirty OcuTards…

Cap Pistol

November 10th, 2011
8:28 pm

Goddam filthy hippies.

Mexican Jiggilo

November 10th, 2011
8:29 pm

Jon….get a life. Let me guess its a conspiracy all the law breakers are being sent by the right wing extremists. The right wing is supplying all the drugs as well paid someone with TB to spread the disease to permantely shutdown Occupy Atlanta.
The Flea Baggers are shutting down the Occupy movement themselves….not the right wing.


November 10th, 2011
8:32 pm


Bill Clinton

November 10th, 2011
8:35 pm

Blame it me!

DA Baracus

November 10th, 2011
8:39 pm

Concerned for Georgia

November 10th, 2011
8:39 pm

I am sure that the Occupy folks will fabricate a intricate story detailing how the 1% is attempting to poison them. If the idiots in the media would stop covering them, they would disappear. Guess the great writers at the AJC have to have something to write about.

Sonny LIED!

November 10th, 2011
8:49 pm

I LIED and everyone including Galloway knows it!

What's New?

November 10th, 2011
8:50 pm

The Peachtree-Pine Shelter has always been ground zero for TB in Fulton County. There’s no conspiracy, there’s no one person to blame. The shelter is always under surviellance and studies because of the high prevalence and incidence of TB that is there among the population that is constantly on the move. TB does not discriminate. It can touch the 99% and the 1%.

C. M. Thornton, III

November 10th, 2011
8:50 pm

What do you expect from dirty poor people? I bet they all smell like sour milk as well…


November 10th, 2011
8:50 pm

The point is that permits for demonstrations are required for safety and “public health” reasons


November 10th, 2011
8:51 pm

Anywhere you have crowds that concentrate a living space, disease like TB is likely, ie prisons. Lice and scabies and all these types of things are a possibility. While I do not want anyone to have this disease or spread it to anyone else, I can not see the benefit that out weighs the risk. Those who have this disease are now at risk to giving it to others. While I do believe in some of the ideas of this group. I do also believe that people have to take responsibility for their life. Not much in life is a hand out, and expect it to be is no better than the big coorporate American who is “screwing you over”

Mr. Know It All

November 10th, 2011
8:53 pm

I guess this means the city won’t be kicking them out any time soon.

Voice of Reason

November 10th, 2011
9:02 pm

Many things can come from not bathing in two weeks! No telling what else exists among the protesters, who by the way, have offered no constructive solutions to their cause. I suspect many of them don’t even know what the movement is about other than someone wanting something for nothing by many of them.


November 10th, 2011
9:13 pm

Real Talk, Cap Pistol and Voice,

You people are disgusting.

Just Me

November 10th, 2011
9:20 pm

I am not surprised at the TB, and wonder how many also have lice, scabies, worms, and other stuff…those homeless shelters are a breeding ground for all of the above. Grady knows.


November 10th, 2011
9:24 pm

If you wise posters would bother to READ the week-old Creative Loafing article (see link already posted), you’d realize that it’s worse than yer ignernt blatherings are speculating.
Last documented outbreak the report was scathing, and the Taskforce didn’t implement one public health measure that was outlined.


November 10th, 2011
9:24 pm

Boy, I’ll bet the poor family in Snellville who had them over to Occupy their house must be thrilled to know that now, on top of all their other troubles – they have now been exposed to TB.

People need to wash, eat with clean hands, and GET A JOB! Then maybe they can rejoin society.


November 10th, 2011
9:29 pm

Less fortunate? You mean lazy for the most part. Instead of these people working at jobs, and yes there are still jobs, go look at the department of labor job site. they choose to lay around, rape, robe, provide criminal activity and yell that their not getting their fair share. Well, Im sorry but they have the same opportunity for a job, education that I had. I worked my way though school, full time, part time jobs and classes. I made it. But Im not lazy. Now they want me to give up what I worked damn hard to get. No, I dont think so. Hey spoiled brats. This is the real world. Join or get off the pot.


November 10th, 2011
9:32 pm

To voice of reason, I am with you!! there is no telling what the protesters are carrying. but i hope they get help soon!! many of them just don’t have a clue-lol!!!!!

Democrat Braintrust

November 10th, 2011
10:01 pm

“God bless them for their spontaneity,” Pelosi told reporters. “It’s young, it’s spontaneous, it’s focused and it’s going to be effective.” (Referring to the TB treatment).

“We are on their side” (but not too close to their side) [Barack Obama].

I wonder if ObamaCare covers TB treatment.

Citizen Cain

November 10th, 2011
10:26 pm

The “poor” family in Snellville ASKED for it. Moreover, they wouldn’t have been in foreclosure if they hadn’t tried to game the system by intentionally defaulting. That bunch had more house than they could afford (and more kids to boot). They and the occutards are a good fit.

Big Hat

November 10th, 2011
10:28 pm

Where’s Bull Conner and Sheriff Jim Clark when you need them?

Cump Sherman

November 10th, 2011
10:30 pm

These disease-ridden cretins should be quarrantined, de-loused and deported. Or, they can move in with Kasim and his unemployed brother.


November 10th, 2011
10:41 pm

As others already noted Atlanta’s vagrant shelters are well known TB breeding grounds. Years ago I was a regular volunteer in one of them but had to bail because TB was so rampant. The Occu-Tards were incredibly stupid to set up their little household where they did.

Buckhead Boy

November 11th, 2011
2:09 am

Maybe it should be left to our friends who keep telling us that we enjoy the world’s best health care to explain why the incidence of TB, infant mortality and other scourges are on the rise here?

Pete E. Tong

November 11th, 2011
7:09 am

@Buckhead Boy

The U.S. actually has one of the lowest mortality rates for TB. Less than 10 per 100,000.

The infant mortality rate has dropped since 1950 in the U.S. from 30 deaths per 1,000 in 1950 to 6 per 1,000 in 2005. We rank in the low 30’s. Why so high compared to the rest? Along with Germany and Sweden, we consider an infant alive if it exhibits any sign of life, no matter the period of gestation. Other countries have different definitions.

Before you spew your nonsense, take the time to do some research.


November 12th, 2011
2:22 pm

@lol @Walter Actually I was talking we one of the testers who my next door neighboor, not one actually tested for TB. So AJC article is the correct one