Urge Health Organizations to Prioritize Tuberculosis Outbreak Prevention

Target: United States Department of Health and Health Services President Kathleen Sebelius

Goal: Prevent the tuberculosis outbreak in Los Angeles from getting any worse and make it the top health priority in the country.

The city of Los Angeles, California has seen a rapid uptick in tuberculosis cases in the last few years, and it is now being reported that over 4,000 people potentially have been exposed to the disease. The federal government is planning an effort to control the disease and hopefully see the number of cases drastically decrease. But that is not good enough. Given the severity of the illness, it is necessary that federal health organizations move this to the top of their priority list. This tuberculosis spell must be prevented from turning into a full-on outbreak. Urge the federal government to do whatever it needs to do to keep the disease from becoming even more deadly.

The disease is still not yet widespread. At this point, the cases are mostly confined to the city of Los Angeles, and while an estimated 4,650 people may have been exposed to the disease only 80 cases have been actually reported. Still, what this means is that, while an outbreak has not yet occurred, it still very well could, and at this stage it can still be stopped if responded to properly.

The United States Department of Health and Health Services has the most reach and prominence of any health organization nationwide. It therefore needs to step up and provide an example for other health organizations to follow with regard to this issue. It needs to make preventing this tuberculosis spell from becoming an outbreak its number-one priority. This deadly disease must not be allowed to plague America even more than it already is. Encourage the department to become a role model and take a public stand on this topic.


Dear President Sebelius,

Tuberculosis is becoming a serious issue in the city of Los Angeles. A total of 4,650 people are estimated to potentially be afflicted with the deadly disease. You must make it a top priority to help ensure that the problem does not become even worse.

Your organization needs to take a public stand and say that you are putting this issue at the top of your health priority list, so as to set an example for all other health organizations. This disease is extremely deadly and could lead to many deaths if left unchecked. Set the example and work your hardest to fight it. The people of the city and of the nation are counting on you.


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  1. Tuberculosis isn’t nearly as deadly of a disease as it has been historically, but it still can be fatal if untreated or treated improperly. Awareness should be raised of its status as a still-lethal illness.

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