New York City Faces Alarming Resurgence Of THIS Disease: Is The U.S. On the Brink Of A Dangerous Outbreak?

Written By BlabberBuzz | Sunday, 08 October 2023 16:30
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New York City is grappling with a sudden upswing in tuberculosis cases, a disease that once wreaked havoc in the early 1900s, sparking fears of a potential resurgence across the United States.

According to the Daily Mail, preliminary data indicates that the city has recorded approximately 500 new tuberculosis cases in 2023, marking a 20% increase compared to the same period last year.

The current prevalence of tuberculosis in the city is the highest in over a decade, leading to speculation that the disease could potentially spread to other regions of the country. Several health officials attribute the surge in tuberculosis cases to COVID-19 fatigue, with an increasing number of individuals avoiding clinics and medical treatments.

However, the influx of migrants into the city, estimated at over 100,000 since spring, is also being considered as a possible contributing factor to the tuberculosis spike. Many of these migrants reportedly lack the necessary vaccinations that could help prevent the disease.

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Elizabeth Lovinger, a health policy director at Treatment Action Group, a public health advocacy organization focusing on tuberculosis, noted, "When there are particularly high spikes in TB and other infectious diseases in New York City, that tends to be kind of a bellwether for the rest of the country."

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Tuberculosis experts are particularly alarmed by the situation in New York City, given the significant reduction in efforts to control the disease since its last peak in the early 1990s, as reported by Politico.

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Budget cuts from the Bureau of Tuberculosis Control could potentially lead to another surge in tuberculosis cases in the city. Politico highlighted that tuberculosis has been relatively rare in the U.S. since the spike during the AIDS epidemic. However, it remains a leading cause of death worldwide, particularly in underdeveloped countries.

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Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease that can spread through the air and become fatal if not adequately treated. While migrants are at risk of contracting the disease, they could also potentially be carriers. Despite the escalating situation, the city has not yet announced any measures to curb the rise in tuberculosis cases.

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