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Health Workers Recognize Two Suffering From Super TB in Florida

March 24th, 2008 by flanews

Florida Health Department workers acknowledged two people in Lantana, Florida suffering from an antibiotic resistant strain of Tuberculosis. Monday was World Tuberculosis Day and state health workers used the occasion to spread awareness of the contagious disease. About a thousand people in Florida suffered from TB in 2007. The number of cases of are down 6 percent from 2006, but in recent years some TB strains have developed a resistance antibiotics.

Multi drug resistant MDR strains and extensively resistant XDR strains have emerged and we need to be vigilant and prepared to address these infections, said Ana Viamonte Ross, the Secretary of the Florida Health Department.

Symptoms of TB range from coughs to night sweats. Health workers say if you have these symptoms and have traveled abroad or been near an affected person, you should get to a doctor and get check for the disease.

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