Local Health Unit addressing tuberculosis on World TB Day
Simcoe-Muskoka Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Colin Lee says tuberculosis should still be a going concern. With today being World TB Day, Lee says even though the disease doesn’t make headlines that often, about 1,600 new cases are reported in Canada each year. Health Unit Manager of Community Health Protection Margaret Hendriks wants people to be informed and know the risks.
TB kills 3 people every minute. As Hendriks explains, however, it is a curable disease.
Between 2000 and 2013, Simcoe-Muskoka saw 43 cases. Lee says effective treatment and public health measures keep the level of local infections low. For more information about tuberculosis, visit www.simcoemuskokahealth.org.