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Beating Tuberculosis: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Reaches Out to Eliminate the Disease with Their Annual World TB Day Campaign.

BySamantha Jones

Mar 25, 2024
The Public Health Department Commemorates World Tuberculosis Day 2024

Tuberculosis (TB) is a constant reminder that together we can continue fighting to eliminate the disease. This year, on March 24th, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department recognizes World TB Day with the theme “Yes! We Can End TB.”

TB is an air-borne infectious disease that affects millions of people worldwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends individuals to get tested with a blood test. Most TB cases come from the progression of latent TB infection (LTBI) to active TB. LTBI is a condition where there is a small amount of TB bacteria suppressed by the immune system, unable to spread TB to others. Without treatment, LTBI can multiply and develop into active TB. Treatment is available for both LTBI and active TB.

Dr. Henning Ansorg, Public Health Officer and County’s TB Controller, emphasizes that the best prevention strategy for TB is to treat infection before active TB develops and for community members to feel comfortable asking their providers to get tested for LTBI. In 2022, the incidence rate of TB in Santa Barbara County is higher (4.3 cases per 100,000) compared to the national average in the United States (2.5 cases per 100,000). The County continues to work collaboratively with health providers in local clinics, hospitals, and organizations to bring awareness and education on TB risk, testing, and treatment as crucial steps in identifying those at risk and preventing active

By Samantha Jones

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