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State Puts Routine TB Screening on Hold

Alaska's deputy state epidemiologist stated that Alaska has the highest TB rates in the United States. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported that physicians are now facing shortages of TB detection and treatment medicines. According to Dr. Michael Cooper, the United States is experiencing a national shortage of these medicines. Alaska is thus putting on hold some of the routine screening for at-risk persons. Alaska had 9.3 cases of TB per 100,000 people in 2011. The national average was 3.4 cases per 100,000 people.
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Associated Press
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