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Posted: 9:34 p.m. Monday, July 9, 2012
By Tiffany Griffith
Jacksonville, FL —
Health officials are hustling to contain a tuberculosis outbreak in two major Florida cities.
Jacksonville and Miami are now two major areas of concern. Here in Northeast Florida, the disease is spreading among the homeless population - putting those who help them at risk.
Dr. Bob Harmon with the Duval County Health Department says the challenge is also making sure indigent patients take their series of medications.
"Not just one course of antibiotics, it has to be given over several months," says Harmon. "We have to make sure the patient takes the medications and that's the problem with the homeless."
Harmon says the number of new cases are significant, but they're gradually coming down.
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