TB Outbreak in LA: Health officials seek help from CDC

By on Feb 23, 2013 in Health, Science, United States Comments

A Tuberculosis (TB) outbreak in Los Angeles (LA) County’s homeless neighborhood has alerted the local health department.

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Reports say that due to the TB outbreak in LA, health officials has seek the help of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The county health department five-year statistics showed that TB has affected 78 people, 60 were reportedly homeless.

Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Director and Health Officer of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, explained on ABCNews.com that,

It’s a well-defined population and a relatively small geographic area with a difficult population to work with, so we’re putting a concentrated effort into making sure these individuals who are already vulnerable are getting attention.

Fielding has called for a consolidated effort in identifying and test people with TB symptoms.

Signs of TB include almost a month-long cough, coughing up blood, weight loss, night sweats, fatigue and fever.

Experts say that TB is airborne and is less contagious compared to cold and flu. Since TB is sensitive to drugs, it can be cured easily if the patient is treated properly.

Dr. Fielding clarified that people “don’t get tuberculosis from being next to someone or walking down the street.”

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