Fewer TB cases in King County could be due to a decline in testing, not infections

Chest x-ray of someone with tuberculosis

In a typical year, 1.5 million people die of tuberculosis (TB) globally and 10 million fall ill with it. In Washington, 7% of people with active TB die. TB has been infecting and killing humans for thousands of years, and in fact, it is still one of the top ten causes of death worldwide. Locally, about 100 people are diagnosed with infectious TB every year in King County.

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Eligibility is expanding. But what about the vaccine supply?

The current demand for vaccine in King County and across the country still significantly exceeds supply. In the coming week, we expect vaccine supplies to remain flat at about 100,000 doses, with half reserved for second doses. At the same time, there will be a huge number of people who will suddenly become eligible for vaccination in Washington state.

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