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Bexar County In Top 5 For Tuberculosis Cases In Texas

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The presence of tuberculosis can be identified by the necrotizing of granuloma, or cell death, evident in a patient's biopsy.

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. 

What is the difference between latent and active TB? How can you spot warning signs and what local resources are available for diagnosis and treatment? 

Can San Antonio-based research help lower the prevalence and spread of TB? 

For more information on local resources for TB, call the Metro Health Tuberculosis Clinic at (210) 207-8823. 

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