Grant Money Helps Fight Tuberculosis in Texoma

Grant Money Helps Fight Tuberculosis in Texoma

The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District will soon have more money when it comes to fighting Tuberculosis, also known as TB.

On Tuesday the health district will receive a federal grant worth nearly $24,000 to fund Tuberculosis prevention and control in the county.

Director of Health for WFWCPHD, Lou Kreidler, said the money goes toward helping local providers with accurate testing for TB.

"The TB program is set up to provide education because what we want to do is to prevent TB in our community. If we do have a case it allows us to do testing of the individual and any of their contacts. We can go out and give education to providers about how to place and read a TB test," said Kreidler.

The grant money is expected to be approved by the Wichita Falls City Council on Tuesday during their regular city council meeting. According to the World Health Organization, 9.6 million people fell ill with TB in 2014, 1.5 million people died from the deadly disease.

Jack Carney, Newschannel 6