Re: “More tuberculosis cases in Washington state” (thenewstribune.com, 3-20).
The article cited, seemingly in passing, that there were two cases of drug-resistant TB in Washington state in 2013 and that “drug-resistant TB can pose a public health threat.”
In fact, an extremely drug-resistant TB called XDR-TB has now been identified in at least 77 countries, including the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security has called this lethal form of the disease an “emerging threat to the homeland.” This airborne disease is easily contagious to anyone in close proximity to the infected person.
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