Tuberculosis Outbreak Shakes Wisconsin City
TB in the U.S. is at an all-time low, with less than 10,000 cases each year. But a recent survey by the National TB Controllers Association shows 60 percent of states have cut their TB control budgets. Many health workers say cases of TB are being missed and they can’t investigate outbreaks the way they used to.
This reminds Dr. Richard Chaisson of what happened in the early 1990s. Funding cuts in TB programs led to a resurgence of the disease.
“We corrected that mistake, and we’ve had great results,”says Chaisson, who directs TB research at Johns Hopkins University. “Now we’re making that same mistake all over again, which is declaring victory and withdrawing from the fight before the disease is controlled.”