World TB Day 2024: Uniting to Eliminate the Devastating Effects of Tuberculosis in Our Communities”.

2024 World Tuberculosis Day Celebrated by Public Health Department

Tuberculosis (TB) is a preventable and treatable airborne disease that affects millions of people worldwide. This year, on March 24th, we celebrate World TB Day, which aims to raise awareness about the impact of TB and the importance of working together to eliminate this infectious disease. The theme for 2024 is “Yes! We Can End TB.”

Treatment options are available for both latent TB infection (LTBI) and active TB. Dr. Henning Ansorg, Public Health Officer and County TB Controller, emphasizes the importance of treating LTBI before it progresses to active disease. He encourages community members to ask their healthcare providers about testing for LTBI as a preventive measure. In 2022, Santa Barbara County had a higher incidence rate (4.3 cases per 100,000) compared to the national average in the United States (2.5 cases per 100,000). Collaborative efforts with local health providers, clinics, hospitals, and organizations help raise awareness about TB risk, testing, and treatment to identify those at risk and prevent the development of active TB.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends individuals get tested for TB through a blood test. Most cases result from latent infection that can progress to active disease if left untreated or if the immune system weakens due to factors like HIV or malnutrition. However, without treatment or proper management of LTBI through antibiotics or other medications can progress into full-blown active tuberculosis within two years without treatment or proper management of LTBI through antibiotics or other medications can progress into full-blown active tuberculosis within two years without treatment or proper management of LTBI through antibiotics or other medications can progress into full-blown active tuberculosis within two years without treatment or proper management of LTBI through antibiotics or other medications can progress into full-blown active tuberculosis within two years without treatment or proper management of LTBI through antibiotics or other medications can progress into full-blown active tuberculosis within two years without treatment

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