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DOH Seminole Recognizes World TB Day

By Mirna Chamorro

March 17, 2017

SANFORD, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County (DOH-Seminole) will offer free tuberculosis skin testing on Friday, March 24 from 8 A.M. – 4 P.M. at 400 W. Airport Blvd. Sanford, FL 32773 along with education and awareness about the prevention, transmission and treatment of Tuberculosis (TB) as part of World TB Day 2017. In the United States, up to 13 million people are estimated to have latent tuberculosis infection. This year’s theme is "United to End TB,” which highlights that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with many partners are working together to eliminate this deadly disease.

“TB is a preventable and curable disease. We continue our commitment to find, treat and help end TB in our community,” said Donna Walsh, health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County.

DOH-Seminole TB Program provides outreach and clinical services. The outreach component includes screening of high-risk individuals, investigation and testing of those exposed to an active case of TB, along with directly observed medication therapy of active TB cases. Clinical services provide the diagnosis and treatment of persons with active TB disease and comprehensive case management of active cases of TB. Treatment is crucial to achieving the ultimate goal of eliminating TB as a public health problem in Florida.

Anyone can get TB. General symptoms include feelings of sickness or weakness, weight loss, fever, and night sweats. Symptoms of TB disease of the lungs also include coughing, chest pain, and the coughing up of blood. Symptoms of TB disease in other parts of the body depend on the area affected.

TB germs are spread when a person with TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. These germs can stay in the air for several hours, depending on the environment. Persons who breathe in the air containing these TB germs can become infected; this is called latent TB infection. TB disease can be treated by taking several drugs for several months. It is very important that people who have TB disease finish the medicine, and take the drugs exactly as prescribed.

For more information on World TB Day, visit CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/tb/events/WorldTBDay/default.htm

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DOH-SEMINOLE RECONOCE EL DIA MUNDIAL DE LA TUBERCULOSIS

SANFORD, Fla. – El Departamento de salud de la Florida en el Condado de Seminole (DOH-Seminole) ofrecerá pruebas cutáneas de la tuberculina gratis el viernes, 24 de marzo de 8:00am a 4:00pm en el 400 W. Airport Blvd. Sanford, FL 32773 junto con educación y concientización sobre la prevención, transmisión y tratamiento de la Tuberculosis (TB) como parte del Día Mundial de la Tuberculosis 2017. En los Estados Unidos, se estima que hasta 13 millones de personas tienen la infección tuberculosa latente. El lema de este año es "Acabe con la Tuberculosis," que pone de relieve que los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC), junto a otras organizaciones están trabajando para eliminar esta mortal enfermedad.

"La tuberculosis es una enfermedad prevenible y curable. Continuamos nuestro compromiso de buscar, tratar y ayudar a poner un fin a la tuberculosis en nuestra comunidad”, dijo Donna Walsh, funcionaria de salud para el Departamento de Salud de Florida en el Condado de Seminole.

El Programa de TB de DOH-Seminole proporciona servicios clínicos y esfuerzos de prevención y control en la comunidad. El componente de control o alcance a la comunidad incluye pruebas a individuos de alto riesgo, investigación y pruebas a los que han sido expuestos a un caso activo de tuberculosis, junto con terapia de observación directa de medicamento (directly observed medication therapy) de casos activos de TB. Los servicios clínicos proporcionan el diagnóstico y tratamiento de personas con tuberculosis activa y tratamiento integral de manejo de casos activos de TB. El tratamiento es crucial para lograr el objetivo final de eliminar la tuberculosis como problema de salud pública en Florida.

Cualquiera puede contraer la TB. Los síntomas generales incluyen sentirse enfermo o débil, pérdida de peso, fiebre y sudores nocturnos. Los síntomas de la enfermedad de los pulmones también incluyen tos, dolor en el pecho y toser con sangre. Los síntomas de la tuberculosis en otras partes del cuerpo dependen del área afectado.

Los gérmenes de la tuberculosis se propagan cuando una persona con tuberculosis de los pulmones o garganta tose, estornuda, habla o canta. Estos gérmenes pueden permanecer en el aire durante varias horas, dependiendo del ambiente. Las personas que respiran en el aire que contiene estos gérmenes de TB pueden infectarse; esto se llama infección latente de TB. La enfermedad de la tuberculosis se puede tratar tomando varios medicamentos por varios meses. Es muy importante que las personas que tienen tuberculosis terminen la medicina y toman los medicamentos exactamente según lo prescrito.

Para más información sobre el Día Mundial de la Tuberculosis visite http://www.cdc.gov/tb/events/WorldTBDay/default.htm.

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.

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