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March 23, 2004
Public Health campaign marks World Tuberculosis Day
Toronto Public Health is collaborating with community partners to promote
awareness of tuberculosis on World TB Day, March 24.

Every year 350-400 cases of TB are reported in Toronto, about one quarter of
all cases reported annually in Canada.

World TB Day is sponsored by the World Health Organization and Stop TB Canada.
This year's theme is focused on TB/HIV co-infection: "Two Diseases, One Person:
Advocacy and collaboration for TB and HIV."

"The combination of TB and HIV is deadly," said Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Acting
Medical Officer of Health. "Worldwide, TB is the most common cause of death in
people with HIV/AIDS and accounts for one-third of AIDS deaths."

Fourteen million people in the world are co-infected with TB/HIV. "All
individuals infected with HIV should be screened for TB and anyone with a new
diagnosis of TB disease should be tested for HIV," said Dr. Yaffe. "In a world
where global contacts are increasing all the time, it's important to remind
people that TB is preventable, treatable and curable."

On March 24 Toronto Public Health is holding a workshop for settlement workers
on emerging health issues for newcomers to Canada and has joined with the
International Centre for Health at the University of Toronto to host a free
forum on TB.

Design students across Toronto recently took part in a World TB Day poster
contest. Entries are now on display at the Rotunda at City Hall. The winning
design was created by Peter Marrello of the Ontario College of Art and Design.

For more information on World TB Day, visit

Media Contact:
Susan Sperling, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974



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