TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Louisiana reduces TB rate by more than 50 percent

Health professionals have reduced the state of Louisiana's tuberculosis (TB) rate by more than half between 2010 and 2014.

This new ranking, due in part to the work of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ (DHH) TB Control Program, is below the national average.

"Tuberculosis is both curable and preventable if treated properly and in a timely fashion,” DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert said. “I'm very proud of our TB Control Program for both its successful implementation of new tools that have lowered the morbidity and mortality from tuberculosis in Louisiana and its work toward the ultimate eradication of the disease in our state.”   

With the documentation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Louisiana can see how much it has progressed within the past five years.

"Our TB Control Program staff, nurses and infectious disease investigators across the state have worked hard and been innovative in order to make significant progress on the behalf of Louisiana's residents,” DHH Assistant Secretary for Public Health JT Lane said. “Our public health scientists, medical experts and field staff continue to work closely with local communities to keep them as healthy and safe as possible, and we're glad to see such progress with tuberculosis reduction.”

Organizations in this story

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals 628 N 4th St Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1600 Clifton Rd Atlanta, GA 30329

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