March 22, 2012
The Virginia Department of Health Thursday announced that the tuberculosis (TB) rate in Virginia continues to decline. Between 2010 and 2011, the rate decreased 17.5 percent, which equates to 47 fewer cases.
“The steady decline in TB cases in Virginia is welcome news and represents the success of concerted TB control efforts among the state health department, local health departments, and health care providers within the Commonwealth,” said State Health Commissioner Karen Remley, MD, MBA, FAAP. “World TB Day offers an opportunity to recognize this progress while striving for even better results.”
TB is a global disease. Increased international travel and immigration influences the movement of TB from place to place making it even more important for health care providers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of TB.
“There are still more than 8 million cases per year globally, which underscores the need for continued vigilance by the public and health care community,” said Dr. Remley. “Recognition of TB as a possible diagnosis with appropriate treatment remains a key strategy to controlling TB in the age of rapid global population movement.”
For more information about TB, visit the VDH website.