Tuberculosis Cases on Rise in Nebraska
February 11, 2002
There were more cases of TB reported in Nebraska last year than in the previous 20 years, even as national rates for the infectious disease declined. There were 40 cases reported in Nebraska in 2001, up from 24 in 2000 and 18 in 1999. The last time there were more than 40 cases was in 1980. "It is a public health concern we need to be aware of -- not afraid of, but aware of," said Debra Romberger, a pulmonary doctor volunteering with Omaha's Indian-Chicano Health Center TB clinic. Nebraska was among 21 states reporting that more than half of their TB cases in 2000 were in foreign-born residents, compared with only four states reporting the same in 1992. Of the 18 Douglas County residents diagnosed with TB in 2001, five were Hispanic, five Sudanese, three Asian, and five were Caucasian, according to Nebraska's Health and Human Services System.Adapted from:
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