Worldwide TB cases
Great. Just what we need.
Thousands of Californians may have been exposed to drug-resistant TB since 2007 in downtown Los Angeles.
CBS Local reported:
The feds are descending on downtown Los Angeles to combat a dangerous outbreak of a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis.
KCAL9â€˛s Jeff Nguyen went downtown in search of people who may have been exposed.
John Williams started living at the Weingart shelter on LAâ€™s Skid Row two weeks ago. Before he could be admitted, he had to undergo a screening for tuberculosis.
â€śThey make you go get checked before you get into one of these programs because they donâ€™t want it spread out in there,â€ť Williams said.
With nearly 80 cases of tuberculosis being identified in LA County since 2007 â€” thirty of which have been on Skid Row â€” tuberculosis screenings are more important than ever for some.
In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a coordinated effort to contain the areaâ€™s largest outbreak in a decade.