Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Intros Bipartisan Bill to Eradicate Tuberculosis in the U.S.
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) joined forces with Congressmen Gene Green (D-TX), Don Young (R-AK), and Eliot Engel (D-NY) to introduce legislation that they say would help public health officials manage and decrease the spread of tuberculosis. While recent data shows that 95% of cases and deaths are in developing countries, tuberculosis cases continue to occur in the U.S., with more than 9,000 patients diagnosed annually. The lawmakers say that the Comprehensive TB Elimination Act could lower that number even further by providing support to domestic programs that combat tuberculosis. Provisions include funding for the CDC’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, grants to state and local governments and Federally Qualified Health Centers, and the reauthorization of the National Strategy for Combating and Eliminating Tuberculosis. “Tuberculosis should be a disease of the past but, unfortunately, over 9,000 cases are diagnosed in the United States each year,” said Ros-Lehtinen. More here.