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Health Department to Observe World TB Day - Tuberculosis is Still a Public Health Concern

Thu March 22, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DUPAGE COUNTY-The DuPage County Health Department is joining other health departments in Illinois to support the proclamation by Governor Bruce Rauner to observe World TB (tuberculosis) Day on March 24, 2018.The goal is to raise awareness and understanding of TB and to join the global effort to stop the spread of TB.

The success achieved in containing the spread of TB in Illinois is directly attributable to the efforts of TB controllers at local health departments working toward the goal of TB elimination. However, there is still much work to be done. In 2017, Illinois reported 337 TB cases, only a slight decrease from the 342 reported cases in 2016.

TB is a contagious and potentially life-threatening disease that is transmitted from person-to-person through the air when a person with active TB coughs or sneezes. People with TB are most likely to spread the germs to people they spend time with every day, such as family members or coworkers.

Many more people are infected with TB bacteria but do not have the active disease. These people should be treated to prevent development into active, contagious TB.

You can be tested for TB at the health department or at your doctor's office.

In recognizing the goal of the TB Prevention and Control Program is TB elimination, the DuPage County Health Department offers a TB Clinic to residents of the county. Services include testing, diagnosis, and treatment and are offered by appointment only, no walk-ins accepted. Call (630) 682-7400 to make an appointment.

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