Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Joins Global Campaign to End Tuberculosis: Yes We Can!

2024 World Tuberculosis Day Celebrated by Public Health Department

In 2024, the World TB Day theme is “Yes! We Can End TB.” This annual event, held on March 24th, aims to raise awareness about the impact of tuberculosis (TB) on millions of people worldwide. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is taking part in this campaign by recognizing the importance of working together to eliminate this infectious disease.

TB is a preventable and treatable airborne disease. It can be detected through a blood test recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most TB cases result from latent TB infection (LTBI) progressing to active TB. LTBI occurs when a small amount of TB bacteria is present but suppressed by the immune system, preventing the spread of TB. However, without treatment, LTBI can progress to active TB. Treatment options are available for both LTBI and active TB.

Dr. Henning Ansorg, Public Health Officer and County TB Controller, emphasizes the importance of treating TB infection before it progresses to active disease. He encourages community members to ask their healthcare providers about testing for LTBI as a preventive measure. In 2022, Santa Barbara County had a higher incidence rate (4.3 cases per 100,000) compared to the national average in the United States (2.5 cases per 100,000). Collaborative efforts with local health providers, clinics, hospitals, and organizations help raise awareness about TB risk, testing, and treatment to identify those at risk and prevent the development of active TB.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is committed to ending TB and welcomes community support in this mission. For more information on how you can get tested for LTBI or learn more about treating TB infection visit .

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