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Rural TB Outbreak Fueled by Distrust

Posted By Prucia Buscell, Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Decades of Distrust Linger, Impairing Health Effort


In the last two years 20 people in the small city of Marion, Alabama , population 3,600, have been diagnosed with active TB cases. Three people have died, and many more have symptoms of the disease.  Healthy authorities initiated screening efforts to identify those who need treatment and halt an expanding outbreak, but long time distrust of the medical and health professions is hampering the effort. People are reluctant to cooperate or disclose information about their health or their contacts.  In part, the distrust stems from the notorious Tuskegee experiments by the U.S. Public Health in which 600 black men with syphilis were deliberately left untreated.    Read the New York Times story  by Alan Blinder. 

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