Los Angeles tuberculosis outbreak

25 Feb 2013, 16:09
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Los Angeles faces a mass outbreak of tuberculosis among homeless people, mostly in a downtown area, Skid Row.


The representatives of a local branch of the Public Health Service Mebel Aragon and other specialists try to determine the exact number of tuberculosis carriers in LA. A new tuberculosis strain has been identified in the downtown area of the city, which is flooded with homeless people and various shelters.


Right now the number is 4650. It has also been reported that for the last five years, 78 cases of the unique resistant tuberculosis strain were discovered, 11 of which ended with death. 60 of them were homeless people.


In general, tuberculosis remains persisting problem for the U.S., despite the fact that the rates of it are one of the lowest in the world. For example, in 2011 the number of proved tuberculosis cases was 10528, and in 2009, it led to 529 deaths.


Tuberculosis is highly contagious infectious disease that destroys lung tissues. Most cases can be cured in six months by using different mixtures of drugs, but the levels of resistant tuberculosis are increasing extremely fast.


The problem is that there is no one universal medication that could kill all existing strains of tuberculosis bacteria.


Spokeswoman the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Salina Cranor said that the organization will be sending a group of doctors to Los Angeles next month to investigate the causes of the outbreak ans spread of infection.

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