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Tuberculosis persists in Central Florida

Tuberculosis persists in Central Florida

It’s been 133 years since Robert Koch discovered the germ that causes tuberculosis, but despite effective treatments, the disease continues to affect people globally, nationally, and here in Central Florida. There was a slight uptick in the number of TB cases in some Central Florida counties, including Orange, Lake and Osceola, between 2013 and 2014, opposite of a downward trend in Florida and the United States. Local health officials attribute the uptick partly to the favorable economy in Central Florida and the influx of travelers, and say that they’re committed to providing surveillance and treatment to eradicate the disease. They also ask the medical community to...