Together, We Can End Tuberculosis: Santa Barbara County’s Mission for a Healthier World on World TB Day

By Eleanor Harrison Mar25,2024
2024 World Tuberculosis Day Celebrated by Public Health Department

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is committed to raising awareness about tuberculosis (TB) and its impact on millions of people worldwide. This year, the theme for World TB Day, held annually on March 24th, is “Yes! We Can End TB,” highlighting the importance of working together to eliminate this infectious disease.

TB is a preventable and treatable airborne disease that affects individuals globally. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals should undergo testing for TB through a blood test. Most TB cases result from latent TB infection (LTBI) progressing to active TB. LTBI occurs when a small amount of TB bacteria is present but suppressed by the immune system, preventing the spread of TB. However, without treatment, LTBI can progress to active TB. Treatment options are available for both LTBI and active TB.

Dr. Henning Ansorg, Public Health Officer and County TB Controller, emphasizes the importance of treating TB infection 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 of 4.3 cases per 100,000 compared to the national average in the United States of 2.5 cases per 100,000 people. 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 Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is committed to ending tuberculosis and invites everyone’s support in this mission towards creating a world free from this infectious disease by raising awareness about its impact and encouraging early diagnosis through screening tests such as blood tests or chest x-rays . For more information on tuberculosis prevention and treatment options visit https://www.[cdc].gov/.

By Eleanor Harrison

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