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TB Remains A Leading Cause Of Death

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Today back in 1882 Tuberculosis (TB) was discovered by Doctor Robert Koch. Since then, even with treatment, the disease is still a leading cause of illness and death worldwide.

Last year an outbreak in Grand Forks reminded us that the disease is still very much alive even in North Dakota.

The North Dakota Department of Health says the outbreak moved North Dakota from 44th to 7th in overall rate of the disease, but a simple test has helped stop outbreaks.

"It is an extended cough. It lasts for more than a couple weeks. This time of year it's kind of hard to tell the difference because the flu mimics the same type of symptoms. There is fever, night sweats, unexplained weight loss of ten or more pounds. If you have any of those signs or symptoms you should see your physician, he can order the appropriate tests to screen for the disease," says Dee Pritschet from the North Dakota Department of Health.

For more information on TB visit ndhealth.gov/disease.tb.

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