Deadly Tuberculosis Outbreak Hitting Minnesota Hmong Population

Two first-line antibiotics have proven ineffective against this strain

 

RAMSEY COUNTY, Minn. A tuberculosis outbreak among an elderly Hmong population of Minnesota is proving deadly and costly.

Six of 17 people who contracted tuberculosis in Ramsey County have died, three of them as a direct result of the disease.

Patients affected by the outbreak must undergo a costly medication regimen.

Two first-line antibiotics have proven ineffective against this strain.

The state has used nearly $225,000 in emergency funds to limit the disease’s spread and the county has funded additional public health workers.

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