OLYMPIA ¾ The number of tuberculosis cases has been dropping nationally for 17 straight years, but that’s not the case in Washington. Our state is one of the few where the infection is increasing. The trend in the first quarter of this year shows the increase may continue.
Last year 256 cases of tuberculosis (TB) were reported in the state. That’s a 12 percent increase from the 228 cases in 2008. In the last 10 years, TB rates in Washington have almost always been higher than the national average. The counties with the most cases in 2009 were King (130), Pierce (34), Snohomish (28), Clark (16), and Spokane (9).
“Many people think tuberculosis is a thing of the past, but we know differently,” says Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. “People are often hit hard by TB. It’s a difficult disease to treat, especially for patients who have drug-resistant strains.”Continue Reading ...
SEATTLE, Wash. – Washington ranks 14th in the nation in the new Kids Count report, slipping three places in a comparison by state of factors that influence children's well-being: infant mortality, high school dropout and teen pregnancy rates, numbers of families in poverty, and more. This year, the economy has even affected the research – more 2008 data should be available by now, but budget cuts have made it more difficult to gather.
By next year, another 60,000 children in Washington, whose families are now just barely making it, month to month, will be at risk of slipping into poverty. The Kids Count report says in 2007, one in three children in the state had parents without stable employment – and that was before the recession.Continue Reading ...
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