Hays County Commissioners Court Proclaims March 24
as World TB Day in Hays County, Urge Proper Diagnosis and Treatment of Tuberculosis
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court proclaimed Thursday, March 24, as World TB Day in Hays County to recognize the continuing threat that the highly contagious Mycobacterium Tuberculosis causes throughout the world, including Hays County. In 2014 nearly 1,300 Texas residents were diagnosed with TB, including two in Hays County and fifty-three from counties that border Hays County.
TB is easily spread through the air when a person with an active case of the disease coughs or sneezes. While easily treatable, if left untreated it typically results in death.
It is estimated that more than one million Texas residents are infected with the bacterium and though not currently contagious have at least a 10 percent lifetime risk of developing active disease if not treated preventively. Throughout the globe, 9.6 million new, active cases in 2014 caused 1.5 million deaths worldwide – 9,421 of those were people living in the United States.
Also of concern is a TB strain that is multi-drug resistant that was diagnosed in seven residents of Texas in 2014.
Hays County actively works to reduce the threat of TB through the Hays County Local Health Department TB Program, and has a dedicated registered nurse and a medical assistant who assist in ensuring that persons diagnosed with TB get the proper treatment to prevent the spread of the disease. The usual symptoms of active TB disease include:
A cough lasting more than a few weeks or a cough with blood
Loss of appetite and weight loss without dieting
Drenching night sweats
Swelling in lymph nodes
If you suspect that you or someone you know might be infected with TB, contact the Hays County Local Health Department to discuss testing and treatment at 512-393-5569. Visit
http://www.co.hays.tx.us/tuberculosis.aspx for more information about active and latent TB.
Left to right, Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., Local Health Department Director Clint Garza, TB Nurse Case Manager/Communicable Disease Coordinator Iris Barrera, R.N., TB Program Medical Assistant Rosalinda Estrada, Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant encourage all residents of Hays County to be aware of the symptoms and effects of TB.