By Sara Chimene-Weiss

In a July 7, 2010 article, “US Health Officials Worry about TB in Mexico,” journalist Sam Loewenberg writes about drug resistant tuberculosis in Mexico and lays out potential circumstances in which additional cases could reach the United States. Because of the high number of Mexican migrant workers in the US, their poor living and working conditions and the highly contagious nature of TB, any infected person could easily spread the disease to those with whom they live or work, especially in crowded, poorly ventilated conditions. In his article, Loewenberg argues that “the best way to halt the disease isn’t border protection, but increased collaboration and support to strengthen Mexico’s health system.” Loewenberg’s article also calls attention to the need to fight TB infections worldwide and to give voice to those suffering from the disease. You can read the entire article on AOL News.

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