and modern health centers have all contributed to the spread of TB. Such was the case in that village on the Y K Delta last year. "I have been doing TB work for over 35 years in Alaska and I still have not been infected," said Karen Martinek, a nurse epidemiologist with the Division of Public Health. But tuberculosis is not just a disease of rural Air Max 2017 White On Feet
Anchorage the state's largest metropolis saw 24 new cases of TB in 2013. That's more than double the 10 cases seen in 2012. When someone contracts active TB, the condition is reported to state and local health officials. During the six month course of daily antibiotic treatment, the patient must takes the drugs under the direct observation of a health worker. And during the disease's two week long contagious period, people with active TB have to be separated from healthy family members.
the state seeing one person in 10 with active TB. Alaska Natives those most likely to live in rural and isolated villages were ravaged by the disease, with one in 30 residing in sanitariums throughout the country during the 1940s, and TB was the leading cause of death for all Alaskans until 1950. TB spreads from person to person through the air by coughing, laughing, and sneezing. It can lie dormant in a victim, showing no symptoms for years following an infection a condition called latent TB. People with latent TB have a 5 to 10 percent chance of acquiring the active form of the disease within their lifetime. In rural western and northern Alaska areas hardest hit by the disease in the mid 20th century many people have latent TB and don't know it, or haven't agreed to a months long course of drug treatments that can significantly lower their risk of getting the active form of TB.
That poses a problem for dealing with the disease among Anchorage's homeless.
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