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Dallas County T-B Update

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By BJ Austin, KERA News

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Dallas, TX – Dallas County Health officials are joining the call for some two BILLION dollars in the 2011 federal budget to combat tuberculosis abroad and in the U.S.

Dr. Garry Woo, T-B Division Medical Director, says Dallas County saw 195 cases of tuberculosis last year, a decline from the two previous years. But, that's more than the national average.

Woo: Dallas County has approximately 1.5 times the national average of tuberculosis versus the U.S. population. We are a border state, and the states that have the highest incidence of tuberculosis are border states: California, Texas, New York, Florida.

Last year, Florida recorded the first U.S. case of "extensively drug resistant" or XDR T-B. Dr. Woo says while the worldwide incidence of tuberculosis is declining, drug resistant cases are on the rise. March 24th is World Tuberculosis Day.

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