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TB a top priority for public health leaders
San Francisco Chronicle - Erin Allday

Major hits to public health funding could strip dollars from programs designed to keep tuberculosis under control, and leave communities vulnerable to more severe drug-resistant strains of the bacteria, Bay Area TB experts say. Rates of tuberculosis – a contagious respiratory disease that infects a third of the global population – have been falling nationally and in the Bay Area, but public health experts say the constant threat of drug-resistant cases, which take much more time and money to treat, means TB remains a top priority.

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