Fighting the TB Threat

New York Times

To the Editor:

Nicholas D. Kristof is right to remind Americans that we are not immune to the threat of tuberculosis (“A Killer Without Borders,” column, Dec. 7).

Tuberculosis isn’t a 19th-century threat or confined to developing countries. As more strains of TB become drug-resistant and as our world continues to globalize, we must learn from past epidemics to prevent this growing one.

Earlier this year, the Comprehensive Tuberculosis Elimination Act, which I authored, became law. While this legislation makes investments to combat the threat of domestic TB, we can’t overlook the threat TB presents around the world. Swift action will save lives — both at home and abroad.

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