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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1994 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the hope of preventing more local outbreaks of tuberculosis, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved spending an extra $1.5 million to help public health officials fight the disease. The Orange County Health Care Agency will use the money to hire 33 more health workers for schools, clinics and jails. Health officials plan to test all first-time students from first grade through high school this fall and to open tuberculosis clinics across the county.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1994 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As many as sixty Orange Coast College students and three instructors who attended classes with a woman later found to have communicable tuberculosis will be screened for exposure to TB on Tuesday by county health officials, a college spokesman said. The students and instructors attended classes this summer with the Los Angeles woman, who dropped out in August to go on a dance tour, college spokesman Jim Carnett said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1994 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
County health officials said Wednesday that an active tuberculosis case has been discovered at a second Garden Grove school, prompting them to test more than 260 classmates of a girl whose condition was diagnosed this summer. Garden Grove High School parents were informed about the situation over the past few weeks in a series of letters from the Orange County Health Care Agency and during a community meeting at the campus last month. More than 100 students have been tested so far.
NEWS
July 16, 1994 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Awol Ahemed never noticed the patch of discolored skin on his arm, and only after his left hand had grown so numb that he could pick up a chunk of burning charcoal without feeling pain did he accept the awful truth: God had cursed him. Gradually his hand became frozen in a claw-like position. Without pain as a protector, his fingers were constantly burned, cut and bruised and started to slowly wear away. Ulcers formed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1994 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tuberculosis, smoking, domestic violence, AIDS--major health and safety issues, to be sure, but not often specifically associated with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. At the Radisson Plaza Hotel Orange County Airport on Tuesday, experts at the first Pan-Asian Health Conference in Orange County told an audience of about 200 health and social service providers that it is time to bring these threats to the Asian community's well-being "out of the closet" and into the public arena.
NEWS
July 9, 1992 | HARRY NELSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Alarmed by the resurgence of tuberculosis as a major health problem, authorities nationwide are considering rewriting quarantine laws and reopening long-closed sanitariums. Before 1985, TB was considered to be under control in the United States. Many tuberculosis sanitariums had been shut or reduced in size years earlier, and in many cities, programs to identify and treat infected people had been relaxed.
NEWS
November 15, 1993 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Public complacency and the ease of international travel have led to a resurgence of tuberculosis in the industrialized world that is threatening to become "a health catastrophe," a U.N. agency has concluded. The World Health Organization, in an annual report on the disease to be released today, said that "most people in Europe and North America have been watching other crises"--including AIDS--while tuberculosis has become "the world's most neglected health crisis."
NEWS
July 30, 1995 | IAN JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For two weeks last spring, Curtis Davis dozed in a plastic chair on the first floor of a Skid Row homeless shelter where 350 men prop themselves up shoulder-to-shoulder all night long. Davis drifted in and out of sleep amid fits of coughing that erupted around the room--a sound he had come to know from so many other nights spent in shelters since 1991. "There are a lot of bad coughs around here," said Davis, who by the next month had a slight cough himself.
SCIENCE
March 23, 2007 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
Public health officials announced Thursday that tuberculosis cases in the state had dropped to historic lows last year, but they also expressed concern over small increases in 20 counties. State officials reported 2,781 new tuberculosis cases -- a nearly 50% drop from the state's peak in 1992. Los Angeles County, which accounts for a third of the cases in the state, continued its downward trend, reporting 933 cases last year.
NEWS
February 8, 1993 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Orange County public health worker Minh Luyen asks Vietnamese tuberculosis patients why they are not taking their medicine, they often complain that it makes them feel too hot. Their culture, she notes, values a balance of cold and heat. Luyen does not argue but strongly recommends that they take their daily dose of pills and then cool off by drinking lots of water and eating fruit and vegetables.
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