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Tuberculosis: Yes, We Can End It – Santa Barbara County’s Fight Against the Infectious Disease

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 25, 2024
The Public Health Department Commemorates World Tuberculosis Day 2024

Tuberculosis (TB) continues to be a major health concern worldwide, affecting millions of people each year. That’s why the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department recognizes World TB Day annually on March 24th to raise awareness about this infectious disease. The theme for 2024 is “Yes! We Can End TB.”

TB is an air-borne infectious disease that can be prevented and treated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals should get tested with a blood test if they suspect they may have been exposed to TB. Most TB cases come from the progression of latent TB infection (LTBI) to active TB. LTBI is a condition where there is a small amount of TB bacteria suppressed by the immune system, unable to spread TB to others. Without LTBI treatment, the bacteria can multiply and develop into active TB. Treatment is available for both LTBI and active TB.

Dr. Henning Ansorg, Public Health Officer and County’s TB Controller, emphasized that the best prevention strategy for TB is to treat infection before it becomes active and for community members to feel comfortable asking their providers to get tested for LTBI. In 2022, the incidence rate of TB in Santa Barbara County was higher (4.3 cases per 100,000) compared to the national average in the United States (2.5 cases per 100,000). However, the County continues to work collaboratively with health providers in local clinics, hospitals, and organizations to bring awareness and education on TB risk, testing, and treatment as crucial steps in identifying those at risk and preventing active TB.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is committed to ending tuberculosis once and for all

By Samantha Nguyen

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