Maryland's TB rate continues to decline

March 21, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Maryland's tuberculosis rate dipped last year to its lowest point since the early part of the 20th century, continuing a decline that began two decades ago when Baltimore started dispatching public health nurses to watch patients take their medicine.

Last year, 6.3 people had active TB for every 100,000 people in the population -- down from 7.3 per 100,000 in 1995.

Maryland Health Secretary Dr. Martin P. Wasserman, making the announcement yesterday on World Tuberculosis Day, said the progress was due to the statewide implementation of "directly observed therapy" and the use of four-drug combinations.

Pub Date: 3/21/97

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