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Breathing Easy: Tackling the Global Crisis of Tuberculosis on World TB Day

2024 World Tuberculosis Day Celebrated by Public Health Department

Breathing Easy: Tackling the Global Crisis of Tuberculosis on World TB Day

Tuberculosis (TB) is an airborne disease that affects millions of people worldwide. To raise awareness about its impact, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department recognizes World TB Day, held annually on March 24th. The theme for 2024 is “Yes! We Can End TB,” emphasizing the importance of working together to eliminate this infectious disease.

TB is preventable and treatable, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending individuals get tested 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, 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 dedicated to ending tuberculosis (TB) and welcomes the support and participation of the medical and general community in this mission. For more information on tuberculosis (TB), visit https://www

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