Since moving into the Skid Row district of downtown Los Angeles about 3 years ago, there have been several Public Health advisories for my neighborhood. There was a bacterial meningitis alert for Skid Row September of last year, the LA County Health report was submitted last May, which cataloged a long list of health atrocities for the area and a recent flare-up of “Skid Row staph” or MRSA, which isn’t all that new after all.
Through all these outbreaks of diseases and health concerns for this particular part of downtown LA, I have never heard of the Federal government being called in to help control the situation. But, this is exactly what is happening now with the current “Skid Row strain” of TB spreading among the local population.
(From Reuters, Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:11pm EST)
CDC spokesman Scott Bryan confirmed that the federal health agency has been asked by local and state TB officials to assist with the outbreak investigation. Bryan said the CDC plans to dispatch staff to the state in the next two weeks.
The Los Angeles Times reported that health workers have identified about 4,650 people who were probably exposed to a persistent outbreak of the contagious disease on downtown Los Angeles’ skid row.