Tuberculosis is responsible for more deaths than any other infectious disease worldwide, according to the American Society for Microbiology.
With 66 cases reported in 2016, Bexar County ranks fourth highest for the most TB cases in Texas, behind Harris, Dallas and Hidalgo counties. Statewide, 1,250 cases were reported the same year.
Similar to pneumonia, tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria spread through the air, primarily affecting lung tissues.
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For more information on local resources for TB, call the Metro Health Tuberculosis Clinic at (210) 207-8823.
- Larry Schlesinger, M.D, president/CEO of Texas Biomedical Research Institute
- Tommy Camden, health program manager for the City of San Antonio Chest Clinic
- Lisa Y. Armitige, M.D., Ph.D., medical consultant at the Heartland National TB Center
- Alysia Wayne, formerly treated for tuberculosis in San Antonio
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