The Los Angeles County of Public Health has announced that it’s grappling with the largest outbreak of tuberculosis in the region in over a decade, one that’s centered on L.A.’s skid row neighborhood.
There have been 78 confirmed cases of tuberculosis, with 60 of those cases involving L.A.’s homeless population. Since 2009, there have also been 11 TB-related deaths in L.A. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Health workers have identified more than 4,000 people who might have been infected with this particular strain of TB.
In response, the Department of Public Health has announced its working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to curb the TB outbreak and track down the people who have possibly been exposed. At last report, the CDC will conduct an onsite investigation here in L.A. lasting two to three weeks.
More photos and my interviews with skid row residents below:
How are skid row residents are reacting to the Skid Row outbreak? Listen below.
For more information about tuberculosis and where to go to get tested, visit the Health Department’s TB page here.