JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval County Health Department will test Jacksonville's homeless population for tuberculosis.
A spokesman says experts are still working out the particulars in how to do it, but they plan to test 90% of the population, which amounts to about 2,900 homeless people.
Jacksonville is at the center of one of the largest TB outbreaks in the last 20 years, according to the CDC. In the past eight years, TB has been linked to a total of 99 cases and 13 deaths locally. Most of the cases have been found among Jacksonville's homeless or incarcerated population.
TB is highly contagious and affects your respiratory system.