Village pub at centre of TB row after grandmother died and regulars told to get themselves tested for disease

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A village pub is at the centre of a row over tuberculosis (TB) following the death of a grandmother who had eaten meals there, as regulars were urged to undergo screenings for the disease.

Margaret Pegler, 64, was said to have visited the Joiners Arms in Llwynhendy, Camarthenshire, “a few times” in the years before she died on September 19 last year. Mrs Pegler was diagnosed with TB five days before her death.

She fell ill last June after suffering a persistent cough and night sweats but doctors failed to immediately identify her condition as tuberculosis.

Public Health Wales is now carrying out hundreds of screenings after health chiefs wrote to residents urging them to get themselves tested.

The agency also appealed to all customers and employeesof the Joiners Arms between 2005 and last year to get checked.

The alert has prompted concern among local residents in Llwynhendy who said they were “concerned” the community was not made aware of a possible outbreak sooner.

Local resident Shaun Greaney said: “It shouldn’t have been left to get to this stage where so many people have had to turn up to get checked out and it has caused alarm in the community

“Why has it taken so long for them to tell us?”



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