2023 Tuberculosis Outbreak in DuPage County Highlights Urgent Need for Increased Awareness and Prevention Efforts

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In 2023, the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) reported 41 active TB cases among its residents, highlighting the need for increased awareness and prevention efforts. Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious and potentially life-threatening disease that can spread easily through the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings.

Despite the risk of infection, TB is preventable, treatable, and curable with timely diagnosis and treatment for both active TB disease and latent TB infection. Those with latent TB infection do not spread the disease to others but are at risk of developing active TB if left untreated. Individuals with weakened immune systems, particularly those with HIV, face a higher risk of developing TB disease.

To prevent the spread of TB, it is crucial to seek medical attention promptly if symptoms such as coughing up blood or chest pain appear. The DCHD’s TB Clinic offers testing, diagnosis, and treatment services to DuPage County residents. Appointments are necessary for all services, and walk-ins are not accepted. To schedule an appointment, individuals can call (630) 682-7400. For more information on TB prevention and treatment options, residents can visit the DCHD website at .

The community must take action to prevent the spread of this potentially deadly disease by practicing good hygiene habits such as covering their mouths when coughing or sneezing and avoiding close contact with people who are sick or have symptoms of TB. By working together to raise awareness and take action against tuberculosis, we can help ensure that our communities remain safe and healthy for everyone.

In 2023, the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) reported 41 active TB cases among its residents, highlighting the need for increased awareness and prevention efforts. Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious and potentially life-threatening disease that can spread easily through the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings. Despite the risk of infection,…

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