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South Georgia reminds community about World Tuberculosis Day

South Georgia reminds community about World Tuberculosis Day
South Georgia reminds community about World Tuberculosis Day
Posted at 5:30 PM, Mar 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-23 14:23:00-04

(WTXL) - World Tuberculosis Day is Saturday and the Southern District of the Georgia Department of Public Health wants to remind community members.

District TB Nurse, Stacey Porter, says one in four who are exposed to TB usually end up infected with it.

Porter says, people tend to think the disease has disappeared, but it's still very present and active.

Porter also says, most people who are infected with TB are treated for the wrong infection.

"We're just trying to be on the lookout for that because a lot of physicians if they have a patient that comes in and their coughing, they may not think TB to start with," said Porter. "They may treat them with multiple rounds of antibiotics and maybe treat bronchitis, which is not the same drugs we use to cure TB."

Porter says, the goal for the GPD is to spread awareness throughout the year and tell people to get tested.