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Number of tuberculosis cases in L.A. County rose slightly last year
Number of tuberculosis cases in L.A. County rose slightly last year

After years of declining tuberculosis rates, Los Angeles County saw an uptick in cases last year, health officials said Tuesday. County public health director Jonathan Fielding said the number of tuberculosis cases reported annually had declined by 60% over the previous 22 years. But in 2013, the number rose slightly. There were 664 cases reported in 2013, a 7% increase from the year before. He attributed the increase partly to "intensified outreach" to identify cases in the homeless population and said he didn't anticipate a continued trend of increasing cases that could tax the resources of the county hospital system. The report followed a story by the Los Angeles...

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