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Toronto Public Health raises awareness of TB on World TB Day

By KJ Mullins     Mar 23, 2010 in Health
Toronto - Toronto Public Health is working with community partners to raise awareness of TB on World TB Day. Tuberculosis, according to the World Health Organization had 9.2 million cases worldwide and 1.3 million deaths in 2007.
Toronto dealt with 259 cases of the disease in 2008. Most of those cases were from people who came to Toronto from countries where TB is a common condition.
The nurses from Public Health provide support to the families and patients who have TB or have been exposed to it.
This year Toronto Public Health will have a forum to update health care and public service providers about TB. There will also be displays at civic centres across Toronto with information about the disease.
“Tuberculosis is still very much an issue in Toronto,” said Dr. Elizabeth Rea, Associate Medical Officer of Health with Toronto Public Health. “World TB Day enables us to forge new partnerships and work with our existing partners to reach those most affected by this devastating disease, and to let people in our community know how to prevent and treat it. Together, we can stop TB.”
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