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March 6, 2013


Contact: Olga Connor
Rosa Oses-Prealoni
(786) 336-1276

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County
Recognizes World Tuberculosis Day
March 24th, 2013

(Miami – March ¬¬6, 2013) – The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County recognizes World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. World TB Day is celebrated each year on March 24th. This annual observance commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterial organism that causes tuberculosis. World TB Day is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis, even today, remains an epidemic in many parts of the world, especially in third world countries, causing the deaths of several million people each year.

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, Tuberculosis Control & Prevention Program, along with our community partners, have teamed up to conduct several activities during the week of March 11th – 15th. This year's theme, “Stop TB in my Lifetime”, has been creatively incorporated into these events. The events featured this year are as follows:

March 12 - Take Control Health & Community Fair - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Coconut Grove Metrorail Station, 2780 SW 27th Avenue

March 14 - World TB Day 9th Annual Conference - 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at Camillus House, Community Room 1603 NW 7th Avenue (see attached)

The purpose of these two events is to raise awareness, educate the public as well as healthcare professionals, and to remind everyone that TB remains prevalent even in this age of superior medical advancements and technology. “Stop TB in my Lifetime” emphasizes calling on all people to work collaboratively to create a world free of TB in our lifetime. This slogan is a challenge to people all over the world to make individual and group efforts in order to completely eradicate TB.

“World TB Day serves as a reminder that tuberculosis is still a very significant public health concern. Tuberculosis continues to affect the lives of millions of people worldwide each year even though it can be cured,” said Dr. Lillian Rivera, RN, MSN, PhD, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County.

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, Tuberculosis Control & Prevention Program has been successful in reducing the number of TB cases in the county over the last 6 years. There was a 45 % decrease in TB cases in 2012 (125) compared to 2005 (228) cases. The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County TB case rate for 2012 is 5.0 compared to 6.2 in 2011.

TB is caused by the aforementioned Mycobacterium tuberculosis. When a person with active TB disease in the lungs or throat coughs or sneezes, tiny particles containing Mycobacterium tuberculosis, also called droplet nuclei, can be expelled into the air. If another person inhales these infectious particles, the bacteria may enter the lungs causing infection. However, not everyone infected with the TB bacteria becomes sick. As a result, two TB-related conditions can exist: latent TB infection (where the person is asymptomatic), and active TB disease (where the person shows signs and symptoms of active disease such as coughing, fever, night sweats and weight loss).

To find out more about TB services in Miami-Dade County, please call any of our three clinics: The Health District Center: (305) 575 – 5401, The Little Haiti Health Center: (305) 795 – 2100, or The West Perrine Health Center: (305) 256 – 6315.



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