Wanted: Leaders for a TB-Free United States. We can make history. End TB.
Top; Left to Right: Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel, Dallas County Commissioner Mike Cantrell, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel. Bottom: Dallas County Health Authority Dr. Christopher Perkins, Field Nurse Supervisor Olive Chui, R.N., TB Medical Director Dr. Gary Woo, TB Program Coordinator Laura Gome, R.N., and DCHHS Interim Director Ganesh Shivamaiyer.
Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in recognizing World TB Day, which commemorates the discovery of the bacteria that causes tuberculosis (TB). Tuberculosis is one of the world's deadliest diseases and can attack the lungs, kidney, spine and brain. In commemoration of World TB Day, DCHHS will be hosting a two day action event by providing free TB testing and raising awareness in Dallas County.
- Free TB skin testing will take place Friday, March 23 at 2377 N Stemmons fwy in Dallas from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Testing will take place in Suite 300.
- Saturday, March 24 DCHHS public health educators will be at TR Hoover Multipurpose Center, 5106 Bexar St in Dallas from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. providing public health education during a community health fair.
“This initiative is another effort to help raise awareness of the prominence of TB worldwide,” said Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, DCHHS interim director. “People with TB disease can be found in every state; in rural areas, cities; in schools, workplaces, homes; and in many other places where people are in close contact.”
In Dallas County, the number of annual TB cases have decreased by 36% from 1993 to 2016; however, cases rates still exist.
“DCHHS is making strides to eliminate TB in Dallas County by spreading awareness, implementing improved testing and treatments, and making it easier for clients to successfully complete therapy,” said Dr. Christopher Perkins, Dallas County health authority/medical director.” “Our TB staff regularly visits homeless shelters to test the homeless population for TB in addition to partnering with Parkland Hospital and other service providers to provide health screenings and immunizations.”
During this year’s free skin testing event, children must be at least 5 years old to be tested and parental consent is required for anyone under the age of 18 years old. DCHHS also offers TB skin testing every weekday except Thursday for adults and children. The cost is $30.
More information can be found on the Dallas County Health and Human Services website at http://www.dallascounty.org/hhs/.