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CHCC to hold TB awareness health fair on March 26

TO raise public awareness on tuberculosis the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.’s Chest Clinic will host a health fair on March 26 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon outside the clinic.

Free purified protein derivative or PPD testing, blood pressure and sugar screening, flu shots and program information will be available.

The world observed March 24 as World TB Day, which commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis.

In an earlier interview, CHCC-Public Health Medical Director Dr. Phuong Luu said China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Mexico and India are among the high-burden tuberculosis countries in the world.

There are two types of TB, Luu added. “There is active TB, where you’re coughing or coughing up blood. That is when you actually have to see us immediately so that we can start you on treatment.”

Another type of TB is called latent or sleeping TB.

“A patient was exposed many years ago, and the TB is sleeping inside the body, but it’s like held in prison by the immune system,” Dr. Luu said. “The immune system, as long as it is strong and as long as it keeps the bacteria inside the ‘prison’, then it’s fine. But if the person’s immune system gets weak from diabetes chemotherapy, or just sheer old age, then those bacteria break free and become active TB.”

According to CHCC, “Tuberculosis is a highly contagious but curable disease that is spread from person to person through the air. When someone with infectious TB coughs or sneezes, they send droplets into the air that contain TB germs. These germs can stay in the air for several hours, depending on the environment.”