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March 22, 2010
Toronto Public Health to raise awareness of tuberculosis on World TB Day
Toronto Public Health is collaborating with community partners to promote awareness of tuberculosis (TB) on World TB Day, designated by the World Health Organization as March 24 each year. Tuberculosis continues to be a major global health issue, with 9.2 million cases and 1.3 million deaths from TB in 2007.

In Toronto, there were 259 cases of TB disease reported in 2008. The vast majority of people who develop TB in Toronto come from countries where TB is more common, and where access to testing and treatment may be limited. Toronto Public Health provides nursing support to TB patients and their families, contact followup for people exposed to infectious TB, and works with community groups, health care professionals, and agencies working with newcomers to increase TB awareness and to advocate for timely medical follow up and treatment.

“Tuberculosis is still very much an issue in Toronto,” said Dr. Elizabeth Rea, Associate Medical Officer of Health with Toronto Public Health. “World TB Day enables us to forge new partnerships and work with our existing partners to reach those most affected by this devastating disease, and to let people in our community know how to prevent and treat it. Together, we can stop TB.”

As part of this year’s initiatives, Toronto Public Health is holding its annual forum to update health care and public service providers on TB; is holding its annual workshop for agencies that provide services for newcomers; is offering TB skin test workshops for health care providers in Long-Term Care facilities; and is setting up displays with information on TB at civic centres across Toronto. Toronto Public Health is also collaborating with neighbouring Greater Toronto Area health units on an awareness campaign in several GTA English-language and ethnic newspapers.

More information is available on the Toronto Public Health website at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact: Susan Sperling, Media Relations Coordinator, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974,



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