tuberculosis http://news.stlpublicradio.org en SLU Researchers Working Toward Finding New TB Vaccine http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/slu-researchers-working-toward-finding-new-tb-vaccine <p>The World Health Organization has declared tuberculosis a global health emergency.</p><p>There is already a TB vaccine given to infants in countries other than the United States &nbsp;but it was developed more than sixty years ago.&nbsp; That vaccine protects babies from the worst forms of TB but it does not protect adolescents and adults from a type of tuberculosis which accounts for most cases of the disease.</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 21:10:25 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 7115 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org SLU Researchers Working Toward Finding New TB Vaccine Illinois records record low in TB cases http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-records-record-low-tb-cases <p>The Illinois Department of Public&nbsp;Health says the state experienced a record low number of new&nbsp;tuberculosis cases last year, but the news isn&#39;t all good.</p><p>Health officials say Illinois still ranks fifth in the nation&nbsp;when it comes to the number of TB cases. And Health Department&nbsp;Acting Director Arthur Kohrman says many of the new cases are the&nbsp;drug-resistant type, which are harder to overcome.</p><p>Officials say 359 cases of active TB were reported in Illinois&nbsp;in 2011. That&#39;s a decrease from 372 cases reported in 2010.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 17:23:52 +0000 The Associated Press 3331 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois records record low in TB cases Elephant at St. Louis Zoo tests positive for tuberculosis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/elephant-st-louis-zoo-tests-positive-tuberculosis <p>A 40-year old Asian elephant at the St. Louis Zoo named &quot;Donna&quot; has tested positive for tuberculosis, but is expected to be just fine.</p><p>Donna the Elephant came to the St. Louis zoo as a 3-year old juvenile in 1971.<br /><br />All elephants get complete medical evaluation each year including blood collection, vaccinations and trunk cultures to look for tuberculosis.</p><p>Randy Junge, the Zoo&#39;s Director of Animal Health said the 40-year-old pachyderm will live off-display for the next year, but won&#39;t be quarantined.</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 21:34:51 +0000 Adam Allington 928 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Elephant at St. Louis Zoo tests positive for tuberculosis