How quickly TB could be a problem for us…

…becomes apparent from this article from the USA. The problem is exacerbated by funding cuts for special hospitals that traditionally had tended to resilient, drug-resistant forms of TB:

Worst TB outbreak in 20 years kept secret

State rushes closure of its only TB hospital in Lantana

JACKSONVILLE —

The CDC officer had a serious warning for Florida health officials in April: A tuberculosis outbreak in Jacksonville was one of the worst his group had investigated in 20 years. Linked to 13 deaths and 99 illnesses, including six children, it would require concerted action to stop.

That report had been penned on April 5, exactly nine days after Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill that shrank the Department of Health and required the closure of the A.G. Holley State Hospital in Lantana, where tough tuberculosis cases have been treated for more than 60 years.

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