Wake County is taking the opportunity of World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on Monday, March 24, 2014, to raise awareness about this global epidemic that affects nearly one third of the world’s population. In 2012, there were fewer than 10,000 people in the United States with active TB disease and only 211 people in North Carolina. The number of cases in Wake County continues to decline with strong efforts to help stop the spread of the disease.
“TB control programs in Wake County are important for the prevention of TB becoming a serious public health problem,” said Wake County Community Health Director Sue Lynn Ledford. “In accordance with state law, the County health department nurses closely supervise treatment to assure it’s complete and effective.”
Wake County, Duke University School of Medicine, the North Carolina Tuberculosis Control Program and local health departments have collaborated in TB research and quality improvement since 1995 and continue to work together to improve TB care today. TB-related research conducted in Wake County has had a direct effect on TB treatment policies and patient care.
The health department investigates each case of TB and tests persons that were exposed as part of its efforts to prevent the spread of TB. Medications can prevent, treat and cure TB.
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