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More than 4,650 individuals were thought to have been exposed to the strain and of the 78 people confirmed to have contracted TB during that outbreak, 60 were homeless, which isn’t surprising considering that those who live in conditions with poor sanitation are most vulnerable. “Even in the U.S., where we have one of the lowest rates in the world, we still have over 10,000 patients every year who get TB,” the chairman of the TB Alliance, an awareness group, told Reuters.

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