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TB Cases still high in Georgia

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December 14, 2007

Albany - While Tuberculosis cases around the country are on the decline, Georgia still has one of the highest TB rates in the country. Last year, 28 people died in Georgia because of TB, including one person in Southwest Georgia.

District Health Director Dr. Jaqueline Grant says one reason Georgia has such a high rate is because of a high poverty rate and crowded living conditions. She says that's why it's so important that people who are infected seek treatment immediately, as to stop the spread of the disease. "We just can't afford for people to put it off the radar screen," said Grant.  "It's very prevalent and people need to know so they can seek early diagnosis and treatment."

People with weakened immune systems, like babies and those with chronic illnesses are most at risk for contracting TB. Some of the symptoms include a bad cough that lasts for three or more weeks, and coughing up blood.

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