Washington state experiencing largest tuberculosis outbreak in 20 years

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is on heightened alert not just for COVID-19 but also for tuberculosis as cases rise in the state as well as globally.

The rise of tuberculosis (TB) in the state became pronounced in 2021 when 199 cases were reported, a 22% increase from the previous year. Most of these cases were reported in the Puget Sound region, with King, Pierce and Snohomish counties being the hardest hit.

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As of Thursday, there have already been 70 cases of TB reported throughout Washington state in 2022. https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/washington-tuberculosis-outbreak/281-20d0471d-94c8-49cf-8818-21abb8667acb


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