Lane County’s Tuberculosis Incidence Rates Lowest
This year, Lane County Public Health has something to cheer about. In 2008 there were just three reported cases of active tuberculosis in Lane County. Lane County’s incidence was 0.9 cases per 100,000 population. A look back in time shows that 2008 was the first year that the incidence rate dropped below 1.0 cases per 100,000 in Lane County in any year since 1991 (when it was an even 1.0).
Lane County has had several tuberculosis or TB outbreaks during that time (notably 1994-1998 with 14-16 cases per year or an incidence rate of 4.6 to 5.1 and again in 2001 with 25 cases or an incidence rate of 7.7).
"We know that tuberculosis continues to be a profoundly serious worldwide disease and that the world is at our doorstep," said Betsy Meredith, Lane County Public Health nursing supervisor. "Lane County Public Health has weathered the TB outbreaks of the past 18 years and remains diligent and vigilant. We continue to provide an effective tuberculosis prevention and treatment program that’s helping keep the community healthy."
Lane County Public Health evaluates, investigates, and provides case management for every case of active tuberculosis until treatment is completed.