is still a problem in Alaska. states for its rate of new infections. Rates of new infection are highest in rural Alaska, and Alaska Natives are most at risk for contracting the disease. That's more than triple the nationwide rate of 3. 0 per 100,000 people. And things are much worse in Southwest Alaska. For 2013, the Yukon Kuskokwim region recorded a TB infection rate 700 percent higher than the rest of the state. And while the numbers especially those in rural parts of the state seem alarming, they probably shouldn't be.
Alaska reported 71 new infections of TB in 2013, compared to the 2,170 reported in California, which came in fourth on the list of highest rates of new TB infection. Census Bureau, Alaska had just over 731,000 residents. Nike Air Max 360 2017
California had more than 38 million. Since the rates are calculated per 100,000 people, the jumps in Alaska's numbers are often caused by just a few outbreaks not a widespread resurgence of the disease. While any new infection can Air Max 2017 White be cause for concern for state health officials, the seeming rise in Alaska's infection rate isn't necessarily an indication of a new or growing problem. "We are concerned when we see one case that leads to others," DHSS Infectious Disease Program Manager Dr. Michael Cooper said.
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Delta village of fewer than 1,000 people DHSS has refused to name the village involved 17 people came down with the disease. Cooper said it was the biggest outbreak of TB anyone at his office could remember. The isolated geography of the region helped health officials stop the disease from spreading but also likely contributed to its growth in the unnamed village. TB is an infectious disease that generally attacks lung tissue. Also known as consumption and the "white plague," TB was rampant across the developed world in the early to mid 20th century. Rural Alaska was hit particularly hard by the illness between the 1940s and 1960s, with some rural parts.
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